Quotes and Sayings about Psychology



"Psychology is the science of the act of experiencing, and deals with the whole system of such acts as they make up mental life."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Life, Science, Act, Deals, Psychology)

"Such being the nature of mental life, the business of psychology is primarily to describe in detail the various forms which attention or conation assumes upon the different levels of that life."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Business, Life, Nature, Attention, Being, Detail, Psychology)

"Like all science, psychology is knowledge; and like science again, it is knowledge of a definite thing, the mind."
- James M. Baldwin
(Related: Science, Knowledge, Mind, Psychology)

"In conclusion we may say, in view of the confirmation that our study has given of the parallelism between individual and racial thought of the Self, that in the history of psychology we discern the great profile which the race has drawn on the pages of time."
- James M. Baldwin
(Related: History, Time, Thought, May, Psychology, Race, Self, Study)

"Psychology more than any other science has had its pseudo-scientific no less than its scientific period."
- James M. Baldwin
(Related: Science, Psychology)

"The development of the meaning attaching to the personal self, the conscious being, is the subject matter of the history of psychology."
- James M. Baldwin
(Related: History, Development, Being, Meaning, Psychology, Self)

"I wanted to be a neurologist. That seemed to be the most difficult, most intriguing, and the most important aspect of medicine, which had links with psychology, aggression, behavior, and human affairs."
- Roger Bannister
(Related: Aggression, Behavior, Medicine, Psychology)

"The psychology of a complex mind must differ almost as much from that of a simple, mechanized mind as its psychology would from ours; because something that must underlie and perhaps be even greater than sex is involved."
- John Desmond Bernal
(Related: Sex, Mind, Psychology)

"The psychology of brutality was worse than the beatings."
- John Blair
(Related: Psychology)

"In fact, it is Shakespeare who gives us the map of the mind. It is Shakespeare who invents Freudian Psychology. Freud finds ways of translating it into supposedly analytical vocabulary."
- Harold Bloom
(Related: Fact, Mind, Psychology, Shakespeare, Vocabulary)

"To me, the psychology behind the character is critical. So I work very hard to get into the mind of the man that I'm going to be playing, because number one, I want to understand why he's doing what he's doing. It's essential, it's absolutely essential."
- Andre Braugher
(Related: Work, Character, Man, Mind, Psychology, Want)

"In Psychology we deal with minds and their processes, and leave out of account as far as possible the objects that we get to know by means of them."
- Charles D. Broad
(Related: Psychology)

"In all the sciences except Psychology we deal with objects and their changes, and leave out of account as far as possible the mind which observes them."
- Charles D. Broad
(Related: Mind, Psychology)

"When Stevie and I joined the band, we were in the midst of breaking up, as were John and Christine. By the time Rumours was being recorded, things got worse in terms of psychology and drug use. It was a large exercise in denial - in order for me to get work done."
- Lindsey Buckingham
(Related: Time, Work, Being, Denial, Exercise, Order, Psychology)

"The mystic purchases a moment of exhilaration with a lifetime of confusion; and the confusion is infectious and destructive. It is confusing and destructive to try and explain anything in terms of anything else, poetry in terms of psychology."
- Basil Bunting
(Related: Poetry, Confusion, Psychology)

"Ideologies aren't all that important. What's important is psychology."
- James Carville
(Related: Psychology)

"Within psychology and neuroscience, some new and rigorous experimental paradigms for studying consciousness have helped it begin to overcome the stigma that has been attached to the topic for most of this century."
- David Chalmers
(Related: Consciousness, Psychology)

"Anyway, there is a lot of really interesting work going on in the neuroscience and psychology of consciousness, and I would love to see philosophers become more closely involved with this."
- David Chalmers
(Related: Love, Work, Consciousness, Psychology)

"Actually, I think my view is compatible with much of the work going on now in neuroscience and psychology, where people are studying the relationship of consciousness to neural and cognitive processes without really trying to reduce it to those processes."
- David Chalmers
(Related: Work, People, Consciousness, Now, Psychology, Trying)

"I printed a list of Irish names from the Internet and my husband, Dave, saw Finley on the list. I really liked it but didn't want to scare Dave off with my enthusiasm. So I used a little reverse psychology and let him think it was his idea."
- Holly Marie Combs
(Related: HusbIdea, Enthusiasm, Internet, Irish, Names, Psychology, Want)

"I am an observer, I like to watch people. I am into psychology and people - how they act and such."
- Dane Cook
(Related: People, Act, Psychology)

"Psychology keeps trying to vindicate human nature. History keeps undermining the effort."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: History, Nature, Effort, Human nature, Psychology, Trying)

"It is certain that the study of human psychology, if it were undertaken exclusively in prisons, would also lead to misrepresentation and absurd generalizations."
- Jacques Yves Cousteau
(Related: Psychology, Study)

"Maybe philosophy - I love talking about ideas. Or maybe art history. I was thinking about psychology, then I got really afraid because everybody says it's terribly boring."
- Claire Danes
(Related: Art, Love, History, Ideas, Philosophy, Psychology, Talking, Thinking)

"The lived experiences which could not find adequate scientific expression in the substance doctrine of rational psychology were now validated in light of new and better methods."
- Wilhelm Dilthey
(Related: Doctrine, Expression, Light, Now, Psychology)

"Our show is different, because it's not about law and order, it's about psychology, the intent of somebody."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Law, Order, Psychology)

"But I majored in Drama, modified with Psychology."
- Rachel Dratch
(Related: Drama, Psychology)

"I think the future of psychotherapy and psychology is in the school system. We need to teach every child how to rarely seriously disturb himself or herself and how to overcome disturbance when it occurs."
- Albert Ellis
(Related: Future, Psychology, School)

"I'd like to be for cinema what Shakespeare was for theatre, Marx for politics and Freud for psychology: someone after whom nothing is as it used to be."
- Rainer W. Fassbinder
(Related: Politics, Cinema, Nothing, Shakespeare, Theatre)

"I took up French boys and wine and I studied psychology."
- Joely Fisher
(Related: Boys, Psychology, Wine)

"I loved psychology and I loved history."
- Joely Fisher
(Related: History, Psychology)

"By the first week of shooting, you know exactly where your film is heading based on the psychology of your director."
- Jodie Foster
(Related: Film, First, Psychology)

"Psychology is still trying to explain the perception of the position of an object in space, along with its shape, size, and so on, and to understand the sensations of color."
- James J. Gibson
(Related: Perception, Psychology, Sensations, Space, Trying)

"The psyche of the individual is commensurate with the totality of creative energy. This requires a most radical revision of Western psychology."
- Stanislav Grof
(Related: Energy, Psychology, Radical)

"I can't think of anyone who is up on evolutionary psychology and related areas who is deluded enough to be called a utopian."
- Keith Henson
(Related: Psychology)

"Postmodernists believe that truth is myth, and myth, truth. This equation has its roots in pop psychology. The same people also believe that emotions are a form of reality. There used to be another name for this state of mind. It used to be called psychosis."
- Brad Holland
(Related: Truth, People, Emotions, Mind, Myth, Name, Psychology, Reality, State)

"Like all sciences and all valuations, the psychology of women has hitherto been considered only from the point of view of men."
- Karen Horney
(Related: Men, Women, Psychology)

"In practice, socialism didn't work. But socialism could never have worked because it is based on false premises about human psychology and society, and gross ignorance of human economy."
- David Horowitz
(Related: Society, Work, Economy, Ignorance, Practice, Psychology, Socialism)

"The ideal of a pure phenomenology will be perfected only by answering this question; pure phenomenology is to be separated sharply from psychology at large and, specifically, from the descriptive psychology of the phenomena of consciousness."
- Edmund Husserl
(Related: Consciousness, Psychology, Question, Will)

"That is why, according to this newer psychology, Christianity has already fulfilled its biological mission, and it is impossible for the modern man to understand its original significance."
- Muhammed Iqbal
(Related: Christianity, Man, Mission, Psychology)

"Jim Thompson understood something about the serial killer before the psychology caught up to it, which is that they are detached to it and they do want to get caught."
- Val Kilmer
(Related: Psychology, Want)

"It is an accepted commonplace in psychology that the spiritual level of people acting as a crowd is far lower than the mean of each individual's intelligence or morality."
- Christian Lous Lange
(Related: Intelligence, Morality, People, Acting, Psychology, Spiritual)

"This is the front edge of the spiritual, psychological movement and is where the tools of psychology have finally come together to create a mass healing. I think spiritual psychology is the next wave."
- Kenny Loggins
(Related: Healing, Psychology, Spiritual, Tools)

"Al Gore's performances could be a case study in abnormal-psychology classes."
- Rich Lowry
(Related: Study)

"Realizing that our actions, feelings and behaviour are the result of our own images and beliefs gives us the level that psychology has always needed for changing personality."
- Maxwell Maltz
(Related: Feelings, Actions, Beliefs, Personality, Psychology, Result)

"Social psychology is especially interested in the effect which the social group has in the determination of the experience and conduct of the individual member."
- George H. Mead
(Related: Experience, Determination, Effect, Psychology)

"No very sharp line can be drawn between social psychology and individual psychology."
- George H. Mead
(Related: Psychology)

"Social psychology has, as a rule, dealt with various phases of social experience from the psychological standpoint of individual experience."
- George H. Mead
(Related: Experience, Psychology)

"The churches... have lost much of their authority over youth because they have refused to re-examine their religious sanctions and their dogmatic preaching in the light of modern physiology, psychology and sociology."
- Agnes E. Meyer
(Related: Authority, Churches, Light, Preaching, Psychology, Religious, Youth)

"Psychology which explains everything explains nothing, and we are still in doubt."
- Marianne Moore
(Related: Doubt, Nothing, Psychology)

"I have not thought too much about the psychology or life of the character Jonas in some time."
- Corin Nemec
(Related: Life, Time, Thought, Character, Psychology)

"My first undertaking in the way of scientific experiment was in the field of economics and psychology."
- Simon Newcomb
(Related: Economics, First, Psychology)

"Idleness is the parent of psychology."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Idleness, Psychology)

"I'd always had an interest in physiotherapy and psychology."
- Bob Paisley
(Related: Interest, Psychology)

"I loved making 'Rising Sun'. I got into the psychology of why she liked to get strangled and tied up in plastic bags. It has to do with low self-worth."
- Tatjana Patitz
(Related: Psychology, Self, Sun)

"I try to lie as much as I can when I'm interviewed. It's reverse psychology. I figure if you lie, they'll print the truth."
- River Phoenix
(Related: Truth, Lie, Psychology)

"Logical positivists have never taken psychology into account in their epistemology, but they affirm that logical beings and mathematical beings are nothing but linguistic structures."
- Jean Piaget
(Related: Nothing, Psychology)

"Our problem, from the point of view of psychology and from the point of view of genetic epistemology, is to explain how the transition is made from a lower level of knowledge to a level that is judged to be higher."
- Jean Piaget
(Related: Knowledge, Psychology)

"In genetic epistemology, as in developmental psychology, too, there is never an absolute beginning."
- Jean Piaget
(Related: Beginning, Psychology)

"Evolutionary psychology is one of four sciences that are bringing human nature back into the picture."
- Steven Pinker
(Related: Nature, Human nature, Psychology)

"In life, particularly in public life, psychology is more powerful than logic."
- Ludwig Quidde
(Related: Life, Logic, Psychology, Public)

"Physics investigates the essential nature of the world, and biology describes a local bump. Psychology, human psychology, describes a bump on the bump."
- Willard Van Orman Quine
(Related: Nature, Physics, Psychology, World)

"I published in 1978 a report on dreams in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. It was the first study of its kind to demonstrate that it is possible for people to make constructive use of their dreams to improve their lives."
- Henry Reed
(Related: Dreams, People, First, Psychology, Study)

"I learned much more about acting from philosophy courses, psychology courses, history and anthropology than I ever learned in acting class."
- Tim Robbins
(Related: History, Acting, Anthropology, Class, Philosophy, Psychology)

"The psychology of a language which, in one way or another, is imposed upon one because of factors beyond one's control, is very different from the psychology of a language which one accepts of one's free will."
- Edward Sapir
(Related: Control, Free will, Language, Psychology)

"It is one of the aims of linguistics to define itself, to recognise what belongs within its domain. In those cases where it relies upon psychology, it will do so indirectly, remaining independent."
- Ferdinand de Saussure
(Related: Psychology, Will)

"Any psychology of sign systems will be part of social psychology - that is to say, will be exclusively social; it will involve the same psychology as is applicable in the case of languages."
- Ferdinand de Saussure
(Related: Psychology, Will)

"I'd always been interested in psychology."
- Morrie Schwartz
(Related: Psychology)

"What tipped the scales was that psychology involved working with rats."
- Morrie Schwartz
(Related: Psychology)

"I used to be and I still am into psychology. I would like to be able to pursue something like that, but I don't know. The older I've gotten, the more endearing this business has become and I can't really imagine leaving it."
- Lindsey Shaw
(Related: Business, Psychology)

"I maintain that many an inventor, many a diplomat, many a financier is a sounder philosopher than all those who practice the dull craft of experimental psychology."
- Oswald Spengler
(Related: Practice, Psychology)

"A technical survey that systematize, digest, and appraise the mid century state of psychology."
- Stanley Smith Stevens
(Related: Psychology, State)

"There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography."
- Thomas Szasz
(Related: Autobiography, Psychology)

"Psychology is the science of the intellects, characters and behavior of animals including man."
- Edward Thorndike
(Related: Science, Animals, Behavior, Man, Psychology)

"The restriction of studies of human intellect and character to studies of conscious states was not without influence on a scientific studies of animal psychology."
- Edward Thorndike
(Related: Character, Influence, Intellect, Psychology, states)

"Psychology helps to measure the probability that an aim is attainable."
- Edward Thorndike
(Related: Measure, Psychology)

"Just as the science and art of agriculture depend upon chemistry and botany, so the art of education depends upon physiology and psychology."
- Edward Thorndike
(Related: Art, Education, Science, Agriculture, Psychology)

"The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best."
- Paul Valery
(Related: Idea, Purpose, Psychology)

"I couldn't sleep for two years, they tried to break my nerves. They used a lot of psychology to brainwash."
- Mordechai Vanunu
(Related: Nerves, Psychology, Sleep, Years)

"Academic sociologists have been trained to conceive of their discipline - sociology - as the scientific study of society, and to remit to the sister discipline of psychology the study of individuals."
- Richard Wall
(Related: Society, Sister, Discipline, Psychology, Study)

"I think a lot comes from having the experience of doing stand-up comedy. It allows you to figure out the psychology of an audience; what things are funny and not."
- Keenen Ivory Wayans
(Related: Experience, Funny, Comedy, Psychology)

"A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world."
- Paul Dudley White
(Related: Medicine, Psychology, Will, World)

"I'm not really interested in sports psychology. It makes me feel like a crazy person."
- Michelle Wie
(Related: Sports, Psychology)

"History, sociology, economics, psychology et al. confirmed Joyce's view of Everyman as victim."
- Robert Anton Wilson
(Related: History, Economics, Psychology)

"The task of physiological psychology remains the same in the analysis of ideas that it was in the investigation of sensations: to act as mediator between the neighbouring sciences of physiology and psychology."
- Wilhelm Wundt
(Related: Ideas, Act, Investigation, Psychology)

"The results of ethnic psychology constitute, at the same time, our chief source of information regarding the general psychology of the complex mental processes."
- Wilhelm Wundt
(Related: Time, Information, Psychology, Results)

"The materialistic point of view in psychology can claim, at best, only the value of an heuristic hypothesis."
- Wilhelm Wundt
(Related: Psychology, Value)

"The general statement that the mental faculties are class concepts, belonging to descriptive psychology, relieves us of the necessity of discussing them and their significance at the present stage of our inquiry."
- Wilhelm Wundt
(Related: Class, Necessity, Present, Psychology)

"The attitude of physiological psychology to sensations and feelings, considered as psychical elements, is, naturally, the attitude of psychology at large."
- Wilhelm Wundt
(Related: Feelings, Attitude, Psychology, Sensations)

"Child psychology and animal psychology are of relatively slight importance, as compared with the sciences which deal with the corresponding physiological problems of ontogeny and phylogeny."
- Wilhelm Wundt
(Related: Importance, Problems, Psychology)

"Physiology and psychology cover, between them, the field of vital phenomena; they deal with the facts of life at large, and in particular with the facts of human life."
- Wilhelm Wundt
(Related: Life, Facts, Psychology)

"On the other hand, ethnic psychology must always come to the assistance of individual psychology, when the developmental forms of the complex mental processes are in question."
- Wilhelm Wundt
(Related: Psychology, Question)

"Physiological psychology is, therefore, first of all psychology."
- Wilhelm Wundt
(Related: First, Psychology)

"Physiological psychology, on the other hand, is competent to investigate the relations that hold between the processes of the physical and those of the mental life."
- Wilhelm Wundt
(Related: Life, Psychology)

"For me it's always about first impressions. I trust my instincts. I love to prepare if it's something that requires training. But I don't like to prepare the psychology too much. I enjoy the psychology of the character but I work better from a first impression."
- Billy Zane
(Related: Love, Trust, Work, Impression, Character, First, Psychology, Training)

"After doing psychology for half a century, my passion for all of it is greater than ever."
- Philip Zimbardo
(Related: Passion, Psychology)