From the article: 10 Most Influential Psychologists
An article appearing in a 2002 edition of the Review of General Psychology ranked 100 of the top psychologists throughout history. Who do you think deserves a spot in the top ten? Describe who you would pick as one of the biggest influences on psychology and give a few reasons for your choice. Share Your Top Choice
- A top 10 without Willhelm Wundt, the founder of modern Psychology? What's going on?
- —Guest Förmchen
The great missing
- The absence of Carl Jung is quite obvious, but the list misses also writers of which the topmost would be Fiodor Dostoevsky. It leaves out prefreudian thinkers, from times when psychology was just a part of philosophy, like Plato or Jean Jacques Rousseau.
- —Guest Michal Sobkowiak
- Not a Psychologist no but a lot of psychological theories can be found in "The Art of War." Maslow's hierarchy works seem an awful lot like how Sun Tzu talks about a soldiers needs and how they will fight if certain needs aren't meet. Most modern wars are often fought using his psychological tactics so I reckon he was pretty influential personally.
- —Guest saunders
- Sigmund Freud is the father of psychology. A genius among genius, without his work, we wouldn't be able to comprehend about the different levels of mind. Without him, we wouldn't know about the interpretation of dreams, the id, ego and superego or the defense mechanisms
- —Guest nuno moniz
A dire omission - C Jung
- Where is Jung? Imagine running through the woods being chased by a woodsman with an ax. Just try to not wake-up now.
- —Guest JP
- Are you on crack? Carl Jung was a century-- centuries-- ahead of his time, made inestimable discoveries (or, one could say, rediscoveries, as all discoveries are) and contributions to manifold areas of psyche, personality, and spirit, and, though already very influential today, bodes to have the greatest impact on psychology during this millennium. Also, R.D. Laing, while maybe not overly influential, deserves a mention for his preternatural insight into dissociative and schizoid states, and his understanding of schizophrenia (or most conditions that are labelled as such) as an environmental response of the very sensitive soul to the flattening, fragmenting, dissociating, and self-ish conditions of the zeitgeist, akin to a primal vision quest, which needs to be processed and lived through in a supportive environment rather than labelled psychogenic and complicated and retarded through medication.
- —Guest Jason
B. F. Skinner
- Skinner is the most eminent psychologist of the 20 century. His staunch behaviourism made him a dominating force in psychology and therapy techniques base on, his theories are still use extensively today, including behavior modification and token economies.
- —Guest Bello olalekan bello
Carl Jung & M. Scott Peck
- Both influential and inspirational great thinkers. My top picks for great psychologists.
Carl Gustav Jung
- C. G. Jung's archetypes and his four functional types as intuiting, sensing, thinking, & feeling as well as his extraverting and intraverting character types are unique in psychology.
- The foremost English speaking psychologist-Professor of Psychology at Harvard and Duke Univerisities in the 1920's.
Where's Carl Jung?
- I am truly surprised not to see Carl Jung on this list, for I thought initially that he would have been at least on the top five.
- —Guest Gabriel Douglas
- My choice is Dr Phil. He seems to have answers to almost everything.
- —Guest govero
- Maslow was the most proeminent psychologist of the 1970s and very influential in the motivational approach.
- —Guest Celso Nunes
- Developmental Psychologist and Researcher who developed the ecological theories of human development and helped design the Head Start Child Development Programs in the United States
- —Guest Jennifer
- Sigmund Freud because of giving his theory on personality and role of unconscious in ones personality.
- —Guest Rafaqat ashraf
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