The Impact of Psychology on Self-Understanding


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Essay #: 061994
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The Impact of Psychology on Self-Understanding
Over the course of human history, especially since the important influence of the Ancient Greeks and Romans on the Western world, philosophers, historians, and psychologists have put forth a wide variety of ideas about what it means to be human. The contemporary conception of selfhood – centered around individuality within a constructed social world – that we tend to think of today comes from a long history of research and theory that changed over the course of time, location, and point of view. The ways in which we think about our “inner self” is likely worlds apart from the ways in which Greek philosophers conceptualized human beings in their society, yet our understanding of the self would...
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.....n, one’s sense of self has very much changed over time. Disciplinary psychology, as it has been slowly formed through those centuries, and as it has been conceptualized today has made a deep impact on the ways in which human beings see and understand themselves as individual human beings. What has become commonplace in contemporary society – for example, writing blog posts about one’s experiences with intimate relationships, creating documentaries about surviving life-threatening diseases, attending weekly therapy sessions with psychologists and psychiatrists – never would have been possible without the field of disciplinary psychology. Our sense of the self cannot be divorced from our very concept of psychology in the twenty-first century.