The Story of Psychology: Humankind's Ultimate Adventure - the Exploration of the Universe Within

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Library Journal
Tracing the history of psychology from its earliest beginnings as a branch of philosophy to modern - day trends, Hunt ( The Compassionate Beast , LJ 3/1/90) covers a vast amount of ground. He not only describes the historic Greek philosophers but takes the reader through Sigmund Freud, William James, B.F. Skinner, and a host of lesser - known psychologists throughout history. The scope ranges from the 1800s, when psychology broke from philosophy to become a field of its own, to the present. Separate schools of thought are clearly traced in an interesting, readable, but scholarly fashion. The material is appropriate for readers with more than a passing curiosity about the subject. More than 80 pages of footnotes testify to the author's exhaustive research. For academic and large public libraries.-- Marguerite Mroz, Baltimore Cty. P.L.
A hefty volume for the lay audience encapsulating major themes and threads in the history of the discipline, presenting them in an engaging and readable manner, without condescension and without jargon. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Brad Hooper
This is neither a textbook nor a handbook, but a narrative history of the field of psychology from its roots as philosophic musings in ancient Greece to its twentieth-century recognition as a science. There's a lot of meat for the general reader to digest, but Hunt's open and direct writing makes even the most complex material understandable. He follows the development of ideas explaining the causes of human behavior, highlighting one important thinker after another, reviewing and critiquing each one's concepts. These individuals range from Socrates (whose view that "knowledge exists within us and needs only to be recovered" sounds simple enough now but was crucial to the founding of the science), to Descartes (whose thinking on "how to control the passions through reason and will" gave vital impetus to the growing corpus), to William James (the first professor of psychology in the U.S.), to Sigmund Freud ("a man who was himself a bundle of contradictions," whose precepts remain controversial to this day), to today's proliferating psychotherapists (whose various treatment techniques are explained in full). This is definitely a worthy addition to any public library's psychology collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385247627
  • Publisher: Doubleday Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 784

Table of Contents

Prologue: Exploring the Universe Within
Pt. 1 Prescientific Psychology
1 The Conjecturers
2 The Scholars
3 The Protopsychologists
Pt. 2 Founders of a New Science
4 The Physicalists
5 First Among Equals: Wundt
6 The Psychologist Malgre Lui: William James
7 Explorer of the Depths: Sigmund Freud
8 The Measurers
9 The Behaviorists
10 The Gestaltists
Pt. 3 Developers and Specialists
Introduction: The Fissioning of Psychology
11 The Personality Psychologists
12 The Developmentalists
13 The Social Psychologists
14 The Perception Psychologists
15 The Motivation and Emotion Psychologists
16 The Cognitivists
17 The Psychotherapists
18 Users and Misusers of Psychology
19 Psychology Today
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