Roots of Early Philosophy Essay

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Roots of Early Philosophy in Psychology Carlos Torres PSY/310 6/1/15 The roots of early philosophy are the initial study of understanding; it is therefore the core of psychology, which is used to motivate an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and actions to understand behavior. Philosophy relates to how an individual’s experiences through understanding with no emotions. Therefore, one understands of how both philosophy and psychology can correlate with each other, even though they are both very different, the foundation was laid for further development of modern psychology today (Kowalski & Westen, 2005). It is well known that psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. However, the psychology we know today is much different from what it was centuries ago. It can be said that psychology has its roots in philosophy, and the interest in the mind and soul of men, followed by conscious experience and observable behavior. Back in 1950, a German philosopher named Rudolf Goekel was credited for inventing the term “psychology”, which is a combination of the words “psyche”, from the Greek “soul”, and “logos”, which means, amongst other similar concepts, “knowledge”. Psychology, then, literally means the science, or the study of the souls. Other than that, psychology was also known as the “science of mind”, or even the “science of consciousness”. However, after some time, the “mind” was considered a very subjective aspect of the human being, and psychology changed its focus to more observable behaviors. The concept of consciousness, on the other hand, was also discarded and replaced by the idea of mental processes. Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.), known as the father of modern medicine argued that there was a close connection between the mind and the body. He proposed that mental illness was not caused by demons but caused by

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