Author(s): Christian Jarrett
30-Second Psychology identifies the major strands of thinking in this fascinating field. It examines the theories of 19th-century behaviourism, where every action has a logical explanation, and how psychotherapy sought to undermine this approach. It looks at the development of humanistic psychology in the mid-20th century and the current domination of cognitivism, with its emphasis on mental structures. Along the way, we meet many of the luminaries in the field, including William James, Aaron Beck, and (of course) Sigmund Freud. What better way to get a handle on your inner demons?
Christian Jarrett is a journalist for the British Psychological Society. He has a Ph.D in Behavioural Neuroscience from UMIST and in 2008 co-authored This Book Has Issues: Adventures in Popular Psychology. Christian also contributed to 30-Second Theories.