Psychology quotes explore how people interpret this particular discipline. In this article, we have listed many famous psychology quotations & sayings.

Psychology Quotes

Psychology is a scientific and methodical study of human mind and behavior. It aims at understanding individuals and groups by applying established principles and investigating specific cases. It helps in systematic studying of people, thoughts, emotions and behavior. Its ultimate goal is to understand and solve human problems. It delves into a thorough understanding of the deep seated emotional issues, finding a way to resolve these issues and helping the person concerned to continue his/her life with happiness and proper functionality. Getting a remedy for deep-seated emotions would mean that the person will be more appreciative or conscious of the deep connection between thoughts, emotions, mind and body. It assists in leading a healthy life by comprehensively explaining to us how we think, feel and act and most importantly how all of this affects the quality of our life. Psychology treatments include mental health treatment, performance enhancement, self-help, human engineering and many other areas affecting health and daily life. Psychology has branched out of both philosophy and biology. Psychological studies are well-structured, consisting of a hypothesis and this hypothesis is pragmatically tested. There are two main focuses of psychology: applied psychology and academic psychology. Applied psychology basically consists of principals to solve real and practical world problems, like: forensic psychology, human engineering and organizational psychology. The academic psychology consists of studies specifically on human development, personality and social behavior. Researches, tests, correlational studies, experiments, longitudinal researches, etc. help psychologists to predict and explain human behavior. To give you a better idea on psychology through the perspective and work of various famous personalities involved in psychological studies and experiments, we have mentioned a number of psychological quotes in this article.
Famous Psychology Quotes
  • Behavioral psychology is the science of pulling habits out of rats. - Douglas Busch
  • 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
  • Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution. - G.K. Chesterton
  • Like all science, psychology is knowledge; and like science again, it is knowledge of a definite thing, the mind. - James M. Baldwin
  • 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
  • The aim of psychoanalysis is to relieve people of their neurotic unhappiness so that they can be normally unhappy. - Sigmund Freud
  • A psychiatrist asks a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing. - Joey Adams
  • There are cases where psychoanalysis works worse than anything else. But who said that psychoanalysis was to be applied always and everywhere. - C.G. Jung
  • There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. - Ben Williams
  • Psychology keeps trying to vindicate human nature. History keeps undermining the effort. - Mason Cooley
  • A wonderful discovery, psychoanalysis. Makes quite simple people feel they're complex. - S.N. Behrman
  • Psychology has a long past, but only a short history. - Hermann Ebbinghaus
  • A neurotic is a man who builds a castle in the air. A psychotic is the man who lives in it. A psychiatrist is the man who collects the rent. - Jerome Lawrence
  • The two main hazards of psychoanalysis: that it might fail, and that if it succeeds, you'll never be able to forgive yourself for all those wasted years. - Mignon McLaughlin
  • The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best. - Paul Valéry
  • Psychiatry is probably the single most destructive force that has affected the American society within the last fifty years. - Thomas S. Szasz
  • Psychoanalysis can provide a theory of 'progress,' but only by viewing history as a neurosis. - Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death
  • A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. - Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
  • 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
  • Psychology helps to measure the probability that an aim is attainable. -Edward Thorndike
  • Idleness is the parent of psychology. - Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Psychology keeps trying to vindicate human nature. History keeps undermining the effort. - Mason Cooley
  • I am an observer, I like to watch people. I am into psychology and people - how they act and such. - Dane Cook
  • 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
  • Ideologies aren't all that important. What's important is psychology.- James Carville
  • Horror is beyond the reach of psychology. - Theodor Adorno
  • Psychology doesn't like to talk about evil. It likes to talk about bad childhoods. But I very much believe that some people are evil and motivation is not necessary for evil. - Laura Schlessinger
  • I think politics come out of psychology. - Bruce Springsteen
  • The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best. - Paul Valery
  • Psychology is as important as substance. If you treat people with respect, they will go out of their way to accommodate you. If you treat them in a patronizing way, they will go out of their way to make your life difficult. - Mohamed ElBaradei
  • Like all sciences and all valuations, the psychology of women has hitherto been considered only from the point of view of men. - Karen Horney
  • 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 
  • The human mind is not a terribly logical or consistent place. - Jim Butcher, Turn Coat
  • Thinking is an experimental dealing with small quantities of energy, just as a general moves miniature figures over a map before setting his troops in action. - Sigmund Freud, from New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
  • If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother. - Sigmund Freud
  • No psychologist should pretend to understand what he does not understand… Only fools and charlatans know everything and understand nothing. - Anton Chekhov
  • The two main hazards of psychoanalysis: that it might fail, and that if it succeeds, you’ll never be able to forgive yourself for all those wasted years. - Mignon McLaughlin
  • In my early professionals years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth? - Carl Rogers
  • It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried. - Carl Rogers
  • What was Freud's Galapagos, what species fluttered what kinds of wings before his searching eyes? It has often been pointed out derisively: his creative laboratory was the neurologist's office, the dominant species hysterical ladies." - Erik H. Erikson
  • If you look at our theories of social pathology and then at the dismal conditions in which children grow up in our ghettos, you would predict that all of them would be on drugs or psychological basket cases. Yet if you use criteria like gainful employment, forming partnerships and life without crime, you will find that most of those kids make it. - Albert Bandura

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