Psychological Perspectives Of Human Behavior

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Outline and evaluate at least three psychological perspectives of human behaviour.

The purpose of this essay is to outline and evaluate at least three psychological perspectives of human behaviour. The three approaches that will be summarised are humanistic, social learning theory and the Biological approach. They will also be criticised and compared to one another. A brief description on psychology will occur, and there will also be a short summarisation on some key early influences of psychology, from its origins in philosophy.

Psychology is a scientific application of behaviourism. It evolved from three key areas of research, philosophy, biology and physics. In 1879 a man named Wilhelm Wundt created the first laboratory with the sole purpose of researching psychological matters, during this time psychology as a self-conscious field of experiment began.

Even though psychology did not become prominent until the late 1800s, the influence it has been having can be traced back to the time of ancient Greece. The Greek psychologists believed that three elements were the simple supplements of all human matter. They were water, air and fire. One of the most important philosophers and publically acknowledged, as one of the founders of western philosophy is a man called Socrates, he created the platform for many psychologists to come with his unique way of thinking and ideas. One of the outstanding impacts Socrates had in psychology is by virtue of his approach to teaching, this…
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