Writing 205 - Research Memoir

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Andrew Becker 3/29/07 Professor Means Writing 205 Research Memoir Psychology Psychology is a subject that has always interested me. It is the study of the mind, focusing on perceptions, emotions, behavior and interpersonal relationships. This differs from most other types of scientific study because psychological experimentation deals with individuals instead of large groups of people. Over the course of the past three years, I’ve read numerous web sites and news articles concerning the subject of psychology and have become quite interested in the field itself. I feel that my interest in psychology has been a big part in my life and has had a great deal to do with where I am today and the type of person I have become. Growing up in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, my life was shaped like that of a typical child growing up in a small town. It is a relatively close-knit community where the majority of the residents know one another in this small one square mile town. Monmouth Beach is located right on the Jersey shore and is the proud owner of two beach clubs, Little Monmouth and Monmouth Beach Bath and Tennis club, my current employer. My eighth grade graduating class had only thirty eight people while, the entire school consisted of only 300 students. Because this was a very small school, I got to 2
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know many of my classmates well and I still associate myself with many of them today. My interest in psychology started my sophomore year of high school. After helping out a friend with her boyfriend troubles, I had a very good feeling about the advice and believed it would help. This started my interest to in the field of psychology and a started to think about how I may have an ability to help others. Being able to break apart a situation by interpreting both points-of-view involved and in turn helps someone, made me feel good. I began to think that that Psychology could be a career I would be successful in and enjoy at the same time. Psychology first became widely known in 1879 after William Wundt published a book called “Principles of Psychology” in which he laid the foundation for the basis of Psychology. Today Wundt is known as “The Father of Psychology.” (http://www.wilhelmwundt.com/ ) During this time in the early development of the field of psychology, many other prominent figures such as Sigmund Freud and John Watson began to appear and contribute to this newest science. Freud is still known today for his studies in psychoanalysis and the conscious mind versus the unconscious mind. John Watson became known for the ideas that became the sub-specialty in psychology known as behaviorism. His work was inspired by the studies of Ivan Pavlov, recognized world- wide for his work with dogs. Psychology began to grow in popularity in the beginning of the 20 th century with the introduction of Gestalt Therapy, a study that focuses on life experiences and personal responsibility. One might also relate this to the phi
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course LIT 205 taught by Professor Means during the Winter '07 term at Monmouth University-West Long Branch.

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