The School Of Psychology: The Evolution Of Behaviorism

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There are many schools of psychology that numerous philosophers and educated men and women have dedicated their lives to studying. They were submitted to finding answers for themselves, as well as the intentional expansion of knowledge and understanding for others in this field. Amongst the many schools of thought are the major schools, like cognitive behaviorism, gestalt, psychoanalysis, humanism, and other smaller schools of thought. I will be focusing on the school of thought that is known as Behaviorism for this paper. Over the course of the next several pages, I will discuss what this school of psychology is and about its origin, the evolution of this particular school, things that have influenced and shaped this school, and the names …show more content…
Structuralism was brought on first in the late 1800’s, by E.B. Titchener, who felt that the appropriate subject matter for psychology was conscious, subjective, mental life. This mental life consisted of images, sensations, and feelings(2). Over time, though it brought much influence to the United States, many began to wonder if this method could be applicable to the upbringing of education and children (since Titchener’s subjects were adults). Soon, structuralism emerged into what was called “functionalism” in the early 1900’s. Because of the introspection method, these two viewpoints brought much disagreement and concerned the public of its …show more content…
Watson came to the surface with his enthusiastic disagreements against the two viewpoints in 1920. Nobody knew that soon, this man would develop what we study today as one of the larger schools of thought in psychology. Watson believed that this objective viewpoint should be studied as its own science, thus entirely creating the arena of psychology as a natural science in 1913. Watson paved the way and allowed for more in depth discoveries concerning human behavior by being discontent with where studies had led to at the time. He believed that the previous method of introspection used was not reliable enough; instead, he suggested that the emphasis should be based on observability.
Some of Watson’s subjects that he studied were animals, which leads to the belief that he also sided with evolution. Though the “Father of Behaviorism” was evidently a supporter of evolution, this does not mean that behaviorism is in disagreement with the Bible. Behaviorism, to an extent, tries to put people into a small box; that they are just objects that respond to situations around them, and that leaves no room for separation between sameness and individuality. God has created us all so uniquely different with the ability to be intellectually

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