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John Watson Essay

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Watson’s life history
John Broadus Watson was a famous American psychologist who lived between the year 1878 and 1958. He was born in a place called Greenville in South Carolina. John’s father was called Pickens and Emma was his mother and he was their fourth born child. The family was not well of financially they just lived in poverty. In spite of the poverty that engulfed the family, John’s father turned to be a habitual drunkard who cared less for his family. However, Emma John’s mother was a devoted religious woman who struggled to take care of the children with less support from her husband (Watson, 1999). In 1891, Pickens John’s father left the family and disappeared since he was somebody who engaged in extra marital affairs with other women a situation which even strained their marriage with his wife Emma and the relationship with his children. When Pickens had disappeared from home, John became a naughty boy and he became so confused in life due to lack of the full parental care of both parents. He became defiant at school even he did not want to listen to the advice from his teachers. He bullied his fellow students and involved in other antisocial behaviors which were quite unacceptable at the school environment, further more he became violent and even rebelled his mother.
John’s life started to turn around by the help of his teacher called Gordon Moore at the time he was a student at Furman University. He later on developed a positive attitude towards academic work since he realized that at least he can now contribute to the community regardless of the poverty state of his family. His academic performance was quite brilliant and he was able to succeed and secure a chance in the University of Chicago to pursue his masters’ degree where he studied Psychology, philosophy and neurology (Watson, 1999). He got married to Mary Ikes in 1901 his fellow student at the same time furthered his studies in the same University until he was awarded a Doctorate degree in 1903. Dr. John Watson was blessed with his first born child called Mary in 1905 a year he was enrolled in John Hopkins University as an associate professor in psychology. This is where he was recognized to be the founder of Behaviorism as a school of thought in psychology due to his enormous contribution to this field. While he was at John Hopkins University, he was also hired to be an instructor in his former college the University of Chicago.
In the year 1913, Dr. John Watson managed to publish a scholarly article called “Psychology as the behaviorist views it.” Later on in 1914, he was also able to publish another article called, “An introduction to comparative psychology”. The year 1915 saw him become the American psychological association’s president (Watson, 1999). He researched about the mental illness in 1916 in the same year he worked with J Walter Thompson Agency an advertisement body. He also published, “Psychology from the stand point of a behaviorist” in the year...

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