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August 16 – Happy Birthday Father of Psychology

Wilhelm Wundt in 1902 was born August 16, 1832

My undergraduate degree is in Behavorial Science so you would think I would know who the “Father of Psychology” was. Turns out it’s Wilhelm Wundt. Fortunately, we’re never too old to learn.

William James, the “Father of American Psychology” was born in 1842. Sigmund Freud, the “founder of psychoanalysis” was born in 1856. John B. Watson, the “father of behaviorism” was born in 1878. Donald O. Clifton, the “grandfather of positive psychology” was born in 1926. Last, but not least, Siddhartha Gautama, the “great physician” and “first psychologist” was born 563 BCE.

So, it is a pleasant surprise to learn that the acknowledged “Father of Psychology” is Wilhelm Wundt who was born today in 1832 near Mannheim, Germany. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Wundt

Today’s haiku: Happy Birthday Father of Psychology

It’s never too late

to learn something new about

how we think and act

BTW: Let’s not forget the women pioneers in psychology. Check out this article 10 Women Who Helped Change Psychology at https://www.verywellmind.com/women-who-changed-psychology-2795260

Wilhelm Wundt commemorative plaque, University of Leipzig