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What is Psychology?
People became to be curious from the day of their existence. They were wondering about the things that surrounded them but mostly about their selves. Questions like: “Who are we? From where do our thoughts, feeling and actions come? How are we to understand, master and manage those around us?” (Myers, 2008, p.2) were really common in the early times. Therefore, a new science was born called Psychology. Psychology is based on two other sciences. Philosophy and biology. Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The word “psychology” comes from the Greek word “ψυχολογία” which means study of the soul. “Its aim is to observe, describe, and explain how we think, feel, and act.” (Myers, 2008, p.2). The aim of this essay is:

To provide a brief overview of the development of Psychology throughout the years. As well as, to provide sufficient reasoning as to why Psychology is vital nowadays, focusing on its impact on daily life. History of Psychology

The history of Psychology dates back to the ancient Greece. People like Aristotle, Thales, and Plato tried to give explanations about learning, memory, emotions, perception and personality. Although their believes weren’t necessarily right they gave the green light to everybody else to start and wonder. After all, psychology is all about wondering and doubting. In 1879, Wilhelm Wundt–a German physician- founded the first psychological laboratory ever made. He was then called “father of experimental psychology”. After a few years, a student of Wundt, following the steps of his teacher, created the first psychology laboratory in America. Therefore, we can say that from that day on, psychology was more a science, than a simple terminology, of how and why things work, the way they do. Moving on to the next century, a very famous author, William James believed that psychology must surely have a practical value and he wanted to learn about the functionalities of the brain. He was...

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