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The story of psychology
Hunt, Morton M., 1920-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Doubleday, [1993]

Physical Description:
xvi, 762 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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BF81 .H86 1993 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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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 copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Booklist Review

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 Des~cartes (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. ~--Brad Hooper

Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.