John Watson's Influence In American Psychology

John Watson’s influence in American Psychology paved the way to Behaviorism, an alternative way to psychology, which during his time was predominantly dominated by the likes of Freud and psychoanalytic. In behaviorism Watson sought to minimize the unconscious and emphasize the natural surroundings, influences, and experiences, for aspects that concerned the human mind. Watson’s influence particularly shined a light on the way humans began to think about and practice child development and child rearing. Through his research on animal, mainly rats, and children, Watson sought to re-invent how humans perceived the way we learned behavior, memories, emotions. Although, Watson’s carrier was tainted by his personal life, his work would open many …show more content…
The lecture tilted,“ Psychology as the Behaviorist Views It” clearly stated where Watson stood on the subject. Because of its new concepts and it strict disassociation on the unconscious, this lecture became the Guidelines for behaviorism. In his lecture Watson addressed the importance of gathering factual data, “We must frankly admit that the facts so important to us which we have been able to glean from extended work upon the senses of animals by the behavior method have contributed only in a fragmentary way to the general theory (Watson, 20113).“ Watson was set to expel any kind of theories that did not take in to account real data. “Human psychology has failed to make good its claim as a natural science. Due to a mistaken notion that its fields of facts are conscious phenomena and that introspection is the only direct method of ascertaining these facts (Watson, 1913). ” It was through the collection of data that he was able to prove his theory on conditioning for emotions, memories and child …show more content…
One must take into account what we read in the bible about our emotions; in the scriptures we read that God gives us the spirit of power, love, and self-control (2 Tim 1:7). All these tools are used to carry out his will of God and to control our emotions. So weather we are conditioned to fear certain things, God still gives the power to change. In regard to parenting Watson felt that way we “pushed“ our children would dictate who they would become, not necessarily who they were born to. Once again we understand that God Knows us before we are born (Jeremiah 1:12), once again he gives us the abilities to make choices even we might be raised a certain way. Overall, being raised as the child of behaviorist, doesn’t line up directly with a biblical perspective does give you opportunities to de condition allowing one to change, for the better if necessary. In conclusion, John Watson although, raised from a poor family, was able to educate himself and through his work in rats became the father of behaviorism. Through his many studies with children and rats, Watson was able to prove many of his theories like that of conditioning and de-conditioning, memory and speech through baby B. His views on Behaviorism was a refreshing take on psychology, one based on data and research, something that was not the norm for this period of time in

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