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Religion and Philosophy - the Ingredients of Psychology

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Religion and Philosophy the Ingredients to Psychology Throughout the history of psychology there is an eerie recurring theme in the early lives of many psychologists. Both religion and philosophy are dominant themes that consistently appear in the lives of these people. There are definite reasons for this pattern, some of which include pressuring from the family and the relationship between the theme of religion and philosophy to psychology. All of these reasons aide in explaining why many influential psychologists form such close bonds to the fields of philosophy and religion. In the early history of psychology many of its developers lived in an era of determined choices. When these psychologists were young men, little freedom was given to them in what they could become. In the past the clergy was a powerful status position and gave the family great prestige. Parents forced their sons into studying theology and become a priest or a minister often mirroring their own footsteps. Brentano, Darwin and Dewey are some examples of great people influenced by a strict religious upbringing. ...read more.

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This view will also maximize the use of the alarming amount of information and discoveries integrated into psychology. It will then be used to develop new psychological fields that are focused on women and the differences between cultures. In today's society a student that is learning psychology must know all the different fields and views that were held in the past. New discoveries in genetics and neurobiology must also be studied. Different theories and hypothesis made from singular views can be used to explain phenomena in other fields of psychology. This is particularly true during a therapeutic treatment. For example a behaviorist treating a child for ADD (attention deficit disorder) may use psychoactive drugs and must understand the biological field of psychology. One field does not necessarily have all the answers to explain every human behavior and mental process. Current psychology is also rapidly changing to focus on women and other cultures. In the past most discoveries and information were gathered by Caucasian males and applied to a Euro-North American society. ...read more.

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Jean Piaget sole quest in development was to find out how knowledge grew. He was asked to study the answers of school children and became intrigued at the answers that were provided. His focus shifted from looking at the right answer to examining both right and wrong answers. This gave him an understanding of the mental thought patterns of children. In his quest for answers he is known to have studied the development of his children as well. This enraged many people and is why most critics attack him so greatly. It must be understood that no direct harm came to the children from this and that his critics were too hasty in their misjudgment. Through this he found many specific stages of development: He virtually invented a map of development. He also created a theory that explained how knowledge developed throughout an individual's life. One of the greatest psychologists of all time, Jean Piaget should be considered a genius who revolutionized the field of psychology. He possessed the insight that allows one to discover how knowledge progresses through an individual. His contributions also include a sequential map of a human child during development. ...read more.

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