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History and Growth of Psychology as a Discipline

Consider the statement "psychology has a long past but a short history." What do you think this means? In your opinion, which person or perspective has had the most influence on the growth of psychology?

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1. Consider the statement "psychology has a long past but a short history." What do you think this means?

This was a statement made by Hermann Ebbinghaus. When Ebbinghaus said that "Psychology has a long past, but a short history," he meant that the subject matter of psychology has been around since the beginning, but that psychology as we know it today ? scientific psychology, that is ? is a fairly new development. (1)

For example, according to Dr. Lambert and others, psychology has its roots in mythology, religion and philosophy. It is believed that the chronology of psychology goes as far back as the age of the sage Greeks, and in particular, many believe that several hundred years B.C., it was Plato and Socrates that started the academic pursuit of understanding the human mind and behavior. But it was ...

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This response explores the meaning of the statement "psychology has a long past but a short history" and which person or perspective has had the most influence on the growth of psychology. Three references are also provided.

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