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Readers Respond: Who Is the Most Influential Psychologist?

Responses: 132


Who unravelled the mind

Psychologists given a jolt because of Freud exposure of infantile sexuality. Elizabethan age was awakened.
—Guest Prof G Rajamohan

The energy of the universe

I thoroughly believe that psychology is far away from all the sciences and the hardest thing to understand. So the point is not who is the greatest psychologist, but their vision and theories though it is wrong or right because their theories lead to realize the reality.
—Guest chathurani petta yaddehige

Where Is Bronfenbrenner?

I'm typing this from my phone so it will not be to long. I'm shocked that Bronfenbrenner, the creator of the ecological systems perspective has not even been mentioned by anyone! This perspective is widely taken across so many aspects of our lives. Honorable mention to Bandura. Also, while I personally subscribe to Skinner's theory I admit that Freud should be in the number one spot.
—Guest Steven

Best Psychologist

I discovered Carl Jung at age 18, fell in love with him then, have not fallen out of love since, keep discovering new facets.
—Guest lamarquc

It's all about Maslow

I think as someone pointed out that many great men should be on this list. Jung, Adler, etc. For me, because he's my personal fave, it would be Maslow. I love his ideas And work. The humanistic approach appealed to me the most. As I said though, many deserve to be on this list. But I vote for Maslow!
—Guest JerrySkywalker

Erich Fromm

His understanding of human destructiveness and how to reduce it is second to none. While, "The Art of Loving" captures the humanistic essence of love itself. He truly took social psychology to the next level with his understanding of modern industrialized society and its affects on modern man.
—Guest Gerard Rouantree

Most influential in Psychology

Carl Gustav Jung Archetypes, collective unconscious, personality types.....He's the man!
—Guest Lisa Perry

What about Jung?

I find it difficult to believe that a man as intelligent and influential as Carl G. Jung could have been omitted from this list. His ideas on archetypes and the collective unconscious have revolutionized psychodynamic psychology, and he is without question the greatest of Freud’s pupils. His writings on dreams as well as those on the individual’s role in society are brilliant works which can lead to a far richer understanding of the mind, and of oneself. I believe that he should definitely be included in the list.
—Guest Jake

Albert Ellis

Albert Ellis is the father of modern Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). He initially called his therapy Rational-Motive Therapy or RET. That was back in the 1950s. He later changed the name to Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy or REBT. All of the modern CBT therapists (including Aaron Beck) borrow heavily from his work whether or not they acknowledge their debt to him.
—Guest Dr H

Psychologists I adore

Wundt is to be praise for his pioneering work on Experimental Psychology. William James for his contributions to psychology as a whole.

Abraham Maslow

Abraham Maslow's humanistic principle of just letting the patient be more aware of himself and the patient will complete his way is an extremely pretty concept.
—Guest Abd El-Hady

School Psychologist

Why aren't Stanley Milgram and Philip Zimbardo included? Their experiments on social psychology and the influence of peer pressure and authority on behavior is extremely relevant, even today.
—Guest Josephine Hagan

Carl Jung and Assiagioli

Jung of course without forgetting his interest for the soul, the Self and Assagioli (1888-1974) psychiatrist contemporary of both Freud and Jung, less "flamboyant" than Freud but whose real contribution should be recognized specially if we want to create a world worth of our true Self (see one of his books : Transpersonal development (development of spiritual consciousness.) Assiagioli used the word spiritual in a very wide sense including all states of consciousness, activities having to do with values above the norm (ethical aesthetic, altruistic values, ...) our world needs more Assagiolis.
—Guest marti

Alfred Adler

Alfred Adler is the most influential thinker in psychology. He contributed a great deal to the research and applications of individual psychology.
—Guest manjula

There are just too many...

There is Bowlby - most of the events that occur in an individual's life if affected by the attachments with their primary caregivers. After that there is Jung, Harlow, Vygotsky, Milgrim, Maslow, Kohlberg, Adler, Beck, Chomsky, Gilligan. I think that a top 10 list is very difficult to do since most famous psychologists focus on very specific ideas. But honestly I think John Watson should be kicked off - but that could just be my own blind hatred for him.
—Guest hamsibian

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