It will also document a significant person, event or landmark in the history of psychology every day of the year.
The Pall Mall Gazette publishes the first recognized account of the term psychopath as we understand it today. Reporting on the acquittal of a Russian woman in a child murder case, the Gazette points to the testimony of Dr. M. Balinsky as being central to the verdict in the case, having informed the jury that the accused was suffering from "psychopathy," and therefore morally irresponsible.
In explaining this "new malady" Dr. Balinsky is quoted as saying that the psychopath "is an individual whose every moral faculty appears to be of the normal equilibrium. He thinks logically, he distinguishes good and evil, and he acts according to reason. But of all moral notions he is entirely devoid. Beside his own person and his own interests, nothing is sacred to the psychopath."
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Read the classic article on interpersonal perception 'An Experimental Study of Apparent Behavior' by Fritz Heider and Marianne Simmel, in full for free.
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Daniel M'Naghten shot and killed Edmund Drummond the private secretary of British Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel; mistakenly thinking Drummond was Peel, his intended target.
In a landmark legal ruling M'Naghten was found not guilty of murder on the grounds that his delusional mental state rendered him incapable of knowing that what he was doing was wrong. This enduring legal precedent within the insanity defense became known as the 'The M'Naghten Rules.'
(Note: The correct spelling of M'Naghten's surname is the subject of much debate and is sometimes documented as McNaughton, McNaughten or McNaughtan.)
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Learn all about the life and work of Carl Jung: Founder of analytical psychology and widely considered as one of the most influential and enigmatic thinkers of the 20th century.
Learn all about the life and work of Sigmund Freud, the man widely considered as one of the most influential and controversial minds of the 20th century.
Social psychology: Learn all about the fascinating branch of psychology devoted to the study of how social factors influence people's thinking, feelings, and behaviors.
Personality psychology: Learn all about this fascinating branch of psychology.
Developmental psychology: Learn all about this fascinating branch of psychology.
Biological psychology: Learn all about this fascinating branch of psychology.
Learn all about 'abnormal psychology,' including an important discussion on whether the term abnormal psychology is actually fit for purpose.
Read the classic article on cognitive dissonance 'Cognitive Consequences of Forced Compliance' by Leon Festinger and James Carlsmith, in full for free.
David Rosenhan's classic article "On Being Sane in Insane Places" was published in the journal Science. Introduced with the question "If sanity and insanity exist, how shall we know them?" Rosenhan's paper outlined the details and addressed the implications of, a study conducted between 1969 and 1972 in which he and several colleagues gained admission to various psychiatric hospitals by faking a single symptom; namely, that they had been hearing voices. Upon admission to a psychiatric ward, Rosenhan and his fellow participants would immediately cease simulating any symptoms of abnormality.
Rosehan's central question was, would anybody detect that the pseudopatients involved in the study were in fact sane. The answer was a resounding no, raising fundamental questions regarding the experience of psychiatric hospitalization and the consequences of psychodiagnostic labeling.
Transpersonal Psychology: Learn all about the branch of psychology which explores mind and behavior in relation to the spiritual nature of humankind.
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