Classic Psychology

by Warren


I am looking for a psychology book that presents classic developments in psychology without distortion. For example, most recent textbooks I've looked at give a very brief discusion of the stages in Erikson's Identity Theory without any of his ideas about Identity formation.

I had to buy his original books to better understand the issue of Identity. Another example is Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs. One textbook had 5 levels, another had 7, and a third had 31! I belive 7 is the correct number, but I'm not sure of the content that was presented.

It seems in the last 30 years editors have pretty much rewritten a lot of the original thinking of the founders of psychological thought.

Can anyone help me?

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Classic Psychology
by: David

Hi Warren,

You might want to check out the following book.

50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do; Insight and Inspiration from 50 Key Books by Tom Butler-Bowdon

Book Description

We would all like to know the secrets of human nature - who we are, how we think, and what we do. 50 psychology classics explores writings from such iconic figures as Freud Adler, Jung, Skinner, James, Piaget, and Pavlov, and also highlights the work of contemporary psychologists such as Howard Gardner, Daniel Gilbert, and Martin Seligman. In addition, there are fascinating insights from writers and thinkers like Isabel Briggs Myers, Eric Hoffer, and William Styron.

See following link for more details:

50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do; Insight and Inspiration from 50 Key Books

Also, don't forget to check out The Psychology Journal Articles Collection which provides completely free access to classic full text psychology journal articles, including material from the most eminent and influential psychologists of the 20th century.

Psychology Journal Articles


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