William James was born on January 11, 1842 in New York City. He was brought into a wealthy family where education was very important. His father, Henry, was very interested in philosophy and theology and he wanted his children to have a rich education. William James had a brother named Henry also who went on to become one of the most acclaimed American novelists. He also had a sister Alice who became known because of the diary she kept. James went to Europe often and attended the very best schools, absorbed in culture and art. He showed in interest in becoming a
painter but his dad wanted him to study science or philosophy. However, James was steady about wanting to become a painter so Henry allowed him to. After studying painting with William Morris Hunt for about a year, James realized he needed to support himself and switched to Harvard Medical School. James was unhappy with the medicine world and went on an expedition with Louis Agassiz, but he did not enjoy it. He said, “I was, body and soul, in a more indescribably hopeless, homeless and...
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... went on an expedition and began to like psychology. Later, he was offered a job at Harvard University to be an instructor for psychology. There, he coined his term “stream of consciousness”, proposed pragmatism, functionalism, and the James-Lange Theory of Emotion. Without him, we would not have found out the things we know today.
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