By: Janelle Jumpp
Table of Contents
1. What do you consider to be the proper subject matter of psychology?
2. What methods should psychology use to approach the subjects it studies?
3. What do you expect will be your most lasting contribution to the field of psychology?
4. What do you consider to be an appropriate role for the field of psychology in society?
5. What particular personal challenges or characteristics, or conditions in the society and the profession of psychology had the greatest impact upon your development as a psychologist?
It is with great pleasure that I was able to talk to five of the greatest psychiatric minds William James, John Dewey, Charles Darwin, G. Stanley Hall, and Leta Stetter Hollingsworth. These five psychiatrists contribute majorly to the field of psychology. I was blessed with the chance to be able to ask each of them a question. Allowing me to see these great thinkers in their element of greatness.
I started by asking William James – born in New York city in the year of 1842, and considered the “Father of American Psychology”, graduated from Harvard’s Medical School in 1869.
I asked him what he considered to be the proper subject matter of psychology.
He responded that the proper subject matter is human behavior. The study of:
• theory of knowledge
The opposing of introspection of structuralism, the mental breakdown of the smallest elements of events, environmental behavior. The knowing of how to overlook the inevitable whether you want to or not.
The knowing that there are two major parts of the environmental behavior:
Classicism- is the effects as coarse and tawdry, and preferring the naked beauty of the optical and auditory sensations.
• Romanticism- immediate
References: (Cherry, G. Stanley Hall Biography) (Cherry, William James Biography) (Human Intelligence) (dew) (inf) (mny)