Introduction: Dr. Hans Eysenck (00:59)
Hans Eysenck is known for his criticisms of psychoanalytic theory as a therapeutic device. The interviewer conducts his conversation with Eysenck at the Moseley Hospital in London.
Arguing Freud (08:11)
Eysenck begins by explaining he views the famous Sigmund Freud as an excellent writer and storyteller but believes much of his work in the field is indefensible; he asserts Freud set back the development of scientific psychology by fifty-years. He contends Freud created an ideology and did not contribute to the science of psychology; during numerous studies, behavior therapy performs much better than psychoanalysis.
Understanding Behavior Therapy (06:48)
Behavior therapy is the term psychologists and therapists use to classify all types of neurotic and psychotic behavioral disorders based on the principals of academic psychology. Eysenck defines and explains various kinds of behavioral therapy including desensitization and aversion therapy; responding to the interviewer's question, Eysenck explains how the psychologists have followed up on their patients after treatment.
Defining Typologies and Factor Analysis (03:41)
Eysenck talks with the interviewer about why he prefers to use typology when analyzing a patient; he believes American textbooks do a disservice to the study of personality by making the classifications too rigid. According to Eysenck, factor analysis is an analysis of statistics used to understand and reveal patterns within a large table.
Influences of Hans Eysenck (03:58)
Eysenck explains how much psychologists like Charles Spearman, Ivan Pavlov, and Sir Francis Galton have influenced his own psychological writings and research. Eysenck shares his current process for developing new typologies and assessing his patients against these systems of analysis.
Eysenck and Art (04:08)
Eysenck explains why he began to study humor and how it was quantifiable just like any other psychological phenomenon within a culture. His theory within the field of art is that humor is based on three different elements involving the internal and external environment of the audience; in the world of aesthetics, he found some people have better innate artistic taste than others.
Greatest Contributions to Psychology (03:13)
Eysenck describes how he has built a bridge between experimental psychology and social psychology. Eysenck believes he has been controversial within the field of psychology because his ideas are so original.
Credits: Dr. Hans Eysenck (00:37)
Credits: Dr. Hans Eysenck
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