By way of a narrative history, this book critically explores the evolution of psychology from the Ancient Greeks to the present, in its philosophical, religious, historical, and literary contexts. The book introduces and develops three psychological and sociological themes. One is the idea that not only is psychology necessarily a social construction but that the mind itself is to some degree a social construction. The second them involves struggles over the existence and nature of consciousness. The third is the theme of psychology as an applied discipline. This book is appropriate for anyone who is interested in critically exploring the evolution of psychology from its origins to the present.
Presents leading psychological concepts as they have evolved from the beginning of human history, covering the social, political, and philosophical contexts that have shaped psychology and which psychology has shaped in turn. Includes detailed timelines, and a few b&w photos of key figures. This fifth edition is organized around several themes, most importantly realist versus representative conceptions of mind, the social construction of mind, and psychology as an applied discipline. It contains new material on post-Freudian psychoanalysis, the psychology of consciousness, and religious influences on psychology. The author is affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)