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Psychology of the Self

Updated on March 14, 2017

Pavlov, his treatment of phobias and the aversion therapy, rings a bell,

His experimentation with his subjects, helps his recognition so very well.

Freud's psychoanalysis, cerebral anatomy and fascination with the brain,

Became the noted father of Clinical Psychology, every student to explain.

Jung, a noteworthy doctor, his synthesis of introversion and ex, is complex,

A major foundation for personality psychology, influence on psychotherapy.

Klein, noted for her psychoanalysing children, their chance for expression,

She postulated that a child's play gave them the opportunity, in being happy.

Piaget, thought of as a genius, his child psychology and intellectual growth,

Such a well-noted advocate of child development, so well praised for both.

Skinner, his operant conditioning, changed behavior by using reinforcement,

Became well known for learned responses, so out of the box, to environment.

Erik Ericson, well revered for his eight stages of psychosocial behavior,

So-called crises of positive and negative consequences, each resolved.

Maslow, focused on innate human needs, culminating in self-actualization,

His attention was on positive qualities, not a sack of symptoms, involved.

As for myself, a self-analysis, bordering on self-pity, the "Poor Me" syndrome,

Until I grasp a stout limb, hold on, remembering inner strength, no conundrum.

Self-analyzing can be problematic, loaded with static, so erratic, too personal,

Separating the species, as frogs from man, not so eager to jump, by a decimal.


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    • whonunuwho profile image

      whonunuwho 11 months ago from United States

      Thank you Patty and many blessings on this chilly day in March. whonu

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 11 months ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I like this very much, especially the last stanza and would like every psych student to have it. Every practitioner would appreciate it. I'm keeping it.