While researching the history of psychology, I come across a lot of interesting information. Every month I share five pieces, podcasts or videos that you might find fascinating, too.
Last month we talked about Alan Turing, Carl Jung and the famous Robbers Cave Experiment.
This month we’ve got quite the array of topics and in various mediums, including a podcast and a few videos. You’ll learn about the first sport psychologist, the infamous Wolf Man, the history of treating depression, mental asylums and a recent film featuring psychology’s masterminds.
America’s First Sport Psychologist
In this piece in Monitor on Psychology, York University professor Christopher D. Green, PhD, reveals how experimental psychologist Coleman Griffith became the first sport psychologist. Green focuses on Griffith’s work with the Chicago Cubs in the late 1930s.
(I’ve also written about the history of sport psychology.)
The Wolf Man
Writer Richard Appignanesi and artist Slawa Harasymowicz discuss their graphic novel The Wolf Man in this fascinating six-minute video. The Wolf Man was a famous patient of Freud’s. In fact, he played a pivotal role in Freud’s theory of psychosexual development. The Wolf Man was a Russian aristocrat named Sergei Konstantinovitch Pankejeff. Freud called Pankejeff the Wolf Man to protect his identity. You’ll find more interesting info about the Wolf Man here and here.
In this New York Times piece, oncologist and author Siddhartha Mukherjee discusses the science and history of treating depression. Specifically, he discusses the birth of Prozac and other psychiatric drugs and the theory that serotonin contributes to depression. He also shares a slew of studies and explores other theories of depression.
This 30-minute podcast features various historians discussing the factors that led to the rise and demise of mental asylums along with how people became patients at these asylums and how they were treated. They also dispel a few common misconceptions. Check out other podcasts here.
Reviews of “A Dangerous Method”
“A Dangerous Method” is a 2011 film that chronicles the relationships between Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Sabina Spielrein. Spielrein became a patient of Jung’s after she was brought to a psychiatric hospital in Zurich suffering with hysteria. Eventually, she becomes Jung’s colleague and even his lover. (It’s unclear whether they had a sexual relationship in real life.)