Contemporary development in psychology

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The document discusses the schools of thought in psychology structuralism, functionalism and more and how you will wish your school to be as a future psychologist. It a 7 page essay

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Psychology is the study of human behavior and the human mind, for this to be done theories hadto emerge so to be able to explain and describe this behavior s of the mind their origin anddevelopments.The different schools of psychology stand for the major theories used in the study of psychology:StructuralismThis was the first school and was advocated by Wilhelm Wundt the founder of the firstpsychology lab. The school focuses on consciousness of the mind, breaking down the mentalprocesses into more basic components. It tries to analyse the events of an adult since childhoodto present in simple identifiable components. Later, finds out how these simple components canbe merged up to form complex experiences and how they relate to physical events.(Gergen,1973)The main technique used to analyze the inner functions of the mind at this school of thought isintrospection. This refers to looking within a persons memory how he perceives things and thecognitive processes of the mind.(Alder, 2002)Titchener ideas on structuralism were influenced by the theory of voluntarism he tries to groupthe components of the mind as chemists group elements. The subject presents an object andelaborates on it is characteristics hence describing the findings.(Farr & Farr, 1983)FunctionalismFunctionalism rose in order to respond and critic structuralism, despite both of them focusing onthe consciousness of a being.Functionalism was interested in explaining mental processes in

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