Summary of Intro to Psychology: Crash Course Psychology #1

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This video introduces Freud and his theories on childhood, personality, dreams, and sexuality. It also discusses behaviorism and humanist psychology.

  • 00:00:00 Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes. Freud was one of the most influential and controversial thinkers of his time, and his theories helped build our views on childhood, personality, dreams, and sexuality. However, his work fueled a legacy of both support and opposition. Today, there are a variety of different schools of thought within psychology, each with its own approach to understanding the mind.
  • 00:05:00 The video introduces Freud, who is considered the founder of psychoanalysis. Freud's theory is that our personalities are shaped by unconscious motives, and his concepts have remained influential in psychology. Behaviorism, which focuses on observable behavior, emerged during the first half of the 20th century and was opposed by psychoanalysis. In the mid-20th century, humanist psychology emerged as a competing theory. Today, the formal definition of psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes.
  • 00:10:00 Crash Course Psychology is a series of educational videos that deepens understanding of psychology by providing explanations and examples of psychological concepts. The videos are written by Kathleen Yale and edited by Blake de Pastino, and the crew includes Dr. Ranjit Bhagwat, Nicholas Jenkins, Michael Aranda, and Thought Cafe.

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