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Psychology Pioneers



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The aim of this page is to showcase the life and work of psychology's most eminent pioneers.



Alfred Adler


(Feb 7, 1870 - May 28, 1937)



Alfred Adler


A hugely influential figure, Alfred Adler is rightly heralded as the first community psychologist. Decades ahead of its time and rooted in social welfare, social justice, equality and the importance of education; Adlerian psychology, also known as individual psychology still resonates as strongly as when Adler began to articulate his ideas in the early part of the 20th Century.


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Alfred Adler



Sigmund Freud


(May 6, 1856 - Sep 23, 1939)



Sigmund Freud


One of the most revered and reviled thinkers of the 20th century, Sigmund Freud developed psychoanalysis as a method of exploring the unconscious mind. 


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Sigmund Freud



William James


(Jan 11, 1842 - Aug 26, 1910)



Psychology Pioneer William James


William James was one of the most eminent figures in the history of psychology, James is best known for his hugely influential work 'The Principles of Psychology,' first published in 1890 and widely regarded as the most important English language psychology book ever.


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William James



Kurt Lewin


(Sep 9, 1890 - Feb 12, 1947)



Kurt Lewin


A profoundly influential figure within the field of social psychology, Kurt Lewin was instrumental in demonstrating that experiments on groups could be conducted under precisely controlled conditions and in doing so pioneered the scientific study of group dynamics.


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Kurt Lewin



Carl Rogers


(Jan 8, 1902 - Feb 4, 1987)



Carl Rogers


One of the most eminent psychologists of the 20th century, Carl Rogers was profoundly influential in the humanistic movement towards person centered theory and non-directive psychotherapy. A prolific writer, 'Client-Centered Therapy' (1951), 'On Becoming a Person' (1961) and 'A Way of Being' (1980) rank among his most important published work.


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Carl Rogers



B.F. Skinner


(Mar 20, 1904 - Aug 18, 1990)



B.F Skinner


One of the most eminent figures in the history of psychology, Burrhus Frederic (B.F) Skinner's advocacy of radical behaviorism and the experimental analysis of behavior were profoundly influential. Within his groundbreaking body of work, 'Behavior of Organisms' (1938) and 'Verbal Behavior' (1957) are widely considered major contributions to human thought.


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B.F. Skinner


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