Benjamin (2004)brief - Who Owns Psychology? A History of...

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Who Owns Psychology? A History of Popular Psychology and Why We Should Care Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. (Permission to use granted 10-29- 04)(Brief version 8-27-07)
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The Practitioner as Prototype
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The Practitioner as Prototype Three Cases to Consider
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Three Cases of Psychological Services 1. Through psychological assessment determined that the boy was a thief 2. Using therapy cured Ms. Martineau of her depression 3. Provided a vocational assessment of Charles, which indicated that he might have success as a writer
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Case #1: The Thief The boy was examined by a phrenologist (1845).
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Case #2: Depression Ms. Martineau was cured by a mesmerist (1845).
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Case #3: Vocational Assessment of Charles by a Physiognomist (1866)
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Which is to say … Long before there was a science of psychology there was a practice of psychology. Or, Long before there was a science of psychology there was psychology .
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19 th Century Psychological Practitioners Phrenologists Physiognomists Mesmerists Seers Mediums Clairvoyants Psychopathists Psychics Spiritualists Mental Healers Graphologists Advisors Psychometrists Psychologists
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Popularity of Academic Psychology High school courses College courses and psychology majors Graduate programs
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Contemporary Popular Psychology Movies Self-help books Magazines Plays Novels Newspapers Tabloid newspapers Country Music Radio talk shows Television Humiliation shows “Reality” shows Talk shows Courtroom programs Soap operas So-called investigative journalism Dr. Phil
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Who Owns Psychology? Points I Want to Make
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This note was uploaded on 08/12/2008 for the course PSY 301 taught by Professor Pennebaker during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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