- 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
For me, it's Icek Ajzen
- Ajzen developed the theory of planned behavior, which is one of the most influential and fundamental theories in human behavior.
- —Guest Bob
Maslow is a genius
- Maslow's pyramid gives him a top 10 place. It's still being taught in schools all over the world. But Watson, besides him being a lousy psychologist, made psychology a household subject. Milgram have made the most influential experiment ever.
- —Guest Jurij Fedorov
- Jung! The dark-knight student of Freud who has influenced so much in personality psychology, archetypes and theories on the unconscious... Not to mention his influence on religion? How could he be missed.
- —Guest Guest
carl gustav jung
- Absolutely Carl Gustav Jung was one of the most influential psychologists. His theories of the collective Unconscious and archetypes among so many others have been very influential in understanding 'mystery' and it's role in the psyche.
- —Guest amira462
- Jeff Mitchell put Critical Incident Stress Debriefing on the map--and created a very organized and sensible model. He has trained thousands of professionals and para-professionals.
- —Guest Brain Butcher
- After carrying out an HNC in Childcare & Education I believe we should take on board the work of John Bowlby,s Attachment theory, before we look at another theorist. If children aren't able to make attachments outwith the primary carer how can we expect them to make attachments to their teacher when they go to school, which will be a barrier to learning. Tina Bruce and other play theorists suggest that children learn through play, but other theorists suggest that parents are their children's first educators but if they cant make attachments then the provider of the play will struggle to enable the child to progress in the setting. I believe that children do progress through stages at different times but the attachment has to hare happened so the children will feel safe, secure and comfortable with the provider in order to progress.
- —Guest allison
- His work in "Ecopsychology" revolutionized how we understand the Human-Nature relationship.
- —Guest Yoohoo
- Freud create an impact on dreams which is still much meaningful to the modern psychology. Wundt introduced introspection, and much influence on psychology and to be first man to help psychology break out of philosophy in it's own right.
- —Guest freud and wundt
- He is so intellectual and very precise on his mind for his madness and conclusions that leave you still in trembles of not knowing.
- —Guest Destinee Earnheart(16)
- To me Jung is the most influential after Freud. His concepts like collective unconscious, archetypes were priceless.....
What Happened to Bowlby?
- I am in agreement with other who thought that Freud should have been number one, as his influence is still amongst us and without a doubt his theories have shaped our behaviour and hidden feelings. I was a bit surprised to see that Bowlby wasn't featured on this list, as his attachment theories will always be relevant int he health professions, especially childcare.
- I guess Freud is the most influential psychologist in the history of psychology.
- —Guest iman
- Albert Bandura is at the forefront of the movement to mesh the learning and cognitive theories for an integrated, more holistic (and therefore more realistic) view of human behavior. His theory of reciprocal determinism shows the human as a thinking, reasoning being while addressing the role of environment and experiences in shaping both behavior and cognition. His emphasis on observational learning and his "Bobo doll" studies play significant roles in our understanding of parenting, role models, the influence of the media, and so forth. His theory is eclectic in that it comes from and can be applied to a range of psychological perspectives, including the learning, developmental, cognitive and socio-cultural fields. The debate between studying what can be seen and examining internal cognitive states is settled in his theories, as attempting to extricate mind from behavior is patently absurd. He acknowledges and explains the interaction.
- —Guest Albert Bandura