Great Psychologists

Great psychologists include famous psychoanalysts like Freud and Jung as well as lesser known psychiatrists. Learn how great psychologists have contributed to our knowledge of psychology.

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Maslow, Abraham Harold

Maslow, Abraham Harold (1908-1970), an American psychologist, is best known for launching humanistic psychology, which emphasizes the independent value of human beings and their ability to develop to their full potential.


How Sigmund Freud Worked

Sigmund Freud is considered the father of psychoanalysis, although today many of his theories are viewed unfavorably. Why is his legacy still so important?

Binswanger, Ludwig

Binswanger, Ludwig (1881-1966), a Swiss psychiatrist, sought to understand people as total human beings.

Kraepelin, Emil

Kraepelin, Emil (1856-1926) was a German psychiatrist who pioneered investigation into the physical causes of mental illness.

Laing, R. D.

Laing, R. D. (1927-1989) was a Scottish psychiatrist whose work centered on schizophrenia and its causes.

Rush, Benjamin

Rush, Benjamin (1745-1813), an American physician and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Sullivan, Harry Stack

Sullivan, Harry Stack (1892-1949) was an American psychiatrist and a leader in the development of personality theory.

Wagner-Jauregg, Julius

Wagner-Jauregg, Julius (1857-1940) was an Austrian psychiatrist and neurologist who discovered an effective treatment for general paresis, also called syphilitic meningoencephalitis.

Melanie Klein

Klein, Melanie (1882-1960) was an Austrian-born psychoanalyst who pioneered the field of child psychoanalysis and devised some of the first techniques of play therapy.

Donald Woods Winnicott

Winnicott, Donald Woods (1896-1971) was a British psychoanalyst and specialist in child development.

Gordon W. Allport

Allport, Gordon W. (1897-1967) was an American psychologist known for his research in human personality.