30 May 2019

30th May 1859 - Pierre Janet was born


Pierre Janet was born on 30th May 1859. He was an important French psychologist and philosopher. He had studied the major psychological conditions known at the time, such as hysteria, and suggested they were caused by something functional in the mind.  In some cases Janet found a connection between traumatic events in a person's past and symptoms. He used hypnosis as a means to get to memories. He introduced words like dissociation and subconscious into psychological terminology, and was a contemporary, and influenced the development of some of Freud's ideas.

He wrote and taught extensively. Experts continue to look at his detailed observation and ideas to see whether he said something on a subject they are investigating. A lot more can be read at http://www.trauma-pages.com/a/vdhart-89.php

Thanks to today in psychology history for the date.

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