Advantages A very informative book which is very easy to read and very well laid out
I was recommended to buy this book by one of my lecturers... I’m sure you don’t have to guess what subject I am taking at university... yes Psychology! And one thing I must make clear is... I can’t read what you are thinking... When anybody asks me what I am studying and I tell them... this is always the response I get...”Ooo I bet you are reading what I am thinking...” and I have to laugh and pretend like it is the first time I’ve heard someone ask that...”haha no I have not been taught how to read people’s minds just yet” (And somehow I don’t think this is going to crop up in my degree at all!).So yes this book is based on Psychology...It is a book that I would have found extremely interesting if I didn’t have such a short time in which to revise and makes notes of it. For some reason my university has seemed to act like it is the first year they have taken on Psychology as a subject... they are so slow at setting our essays and workloads and even slower at marking them and giving us feedback. This book was recommended for a subject within Psychology called CHIP- Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology. Basically this means that it is about the understanding of all key Psychologists like Freud and Darwin. Secondly the subject looks at the key years when specific findings were established within the field of Psychology like Behaviourism or Intelligence testing. The book goes back over three centuries of research to show how Psychology has evolved over the years.
Unfortunately the things I was told I needed to revise meant that I did not have any enjoyment from this book at all... I had over 30 psychologists to remember including remembering the years of their life, who they married, their children, where they studied, what they studied at university, what they established, how this changed the progression of Psychology, who else influenced this psychologist, how they died and many other facts. Majority of which I found pointless... There were about five psychologists who had very similar lives who confused me to no end... like they studied to be a priest, then gave this up, then studied medicine, then biology, then a lecturer influenced them into psychology etc. I mean how is knowing how each person died whether it was from TB or just old age going to help my Psychological understanding. Similarly what specific area they were born in and what specific university they went to is really not what I was expecting to learn about in my Psychology degree. It was as if a group of random people with no psychological background got together and thought “Ooo what can we make this year’s group of Psychology students learn for the year”. If we had just been asked to read the book and home in on a couple of psychologists we thought played a particularly huge part in Psychology and look specifically into those areas of psychology then I would have found this a much more informative task.
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Surveying an array of psychologists from Wundt and Helmholz to Pavlov and Freud, this text traces the evolution of psychology through the triumphs...
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