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Historical Theories

  • Individuation
    From The Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis
    As a scientific term, this was used by Jung to describe the core concept of his psychological theory.
  • Mesmerism
    From Bloomsbury Guide to Human Thought
    The idea of mesmerism was the invention of Franz Anton Mesmer (1734 - 1815). In his medical doctoral dissertation on the effects of the planets on human behaviour, he put forward the idea of animal gravitation: the force, he claimed, which was responsible for planetary influence on human actions.
  • Phrenology
    From The Concise Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science
    Phrenology, now an outmoded theory of personality, originated with the speculations of the physician-anatomist Franz Joseph Gall (1758–1828).
  • Humor
    From The Columbia Encyclopedia
    According to ancient theory, any of four bodily fluids that determined human health and temperament. Hippocrates postulated that an imbalance among the humors (blood, phlegm.

General History

  • Bedlam
    From Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
    Originally, a lunatic asylum or madhouse, and hence a place of hubbub and confusion. The priory of St Mary of Bethlehem outside Bishopsgate, London, was founded in 1247 and began to receive lunatics in 1377.
  • Key Dates in Psychology, 1846-1992
    From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather guide
    1846 E H Weber reports on his pioneering quantitative investigations of touch in On Touch and Common Sensibility...
  • Psychology in the Ancient World
    From Science in the Ancient World: An Encyclopedia
    One of the greatest accomplishments of ancient science was the discovery of the human psyche. Psychology, the study of the psyche (soul), was largely brought about by Greek philosophers...
  • Psychology in the Early Twentieth Century
    From Science in the Early Twentieth Century: An Encyclopedia
    Modern psychology was born in the late nineteenth century with efforts to turn it from a philosophical pursuit into a rigorous scientific discipline.
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