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William James Life Story
William James was born into an big family. His father was really liked philosophy and theology and strove to provide his children with a rich education. William James family traveled to Europe and went to the best possible schools, and was put in culture and art, which apparently paid off for William James family. William James went on to become one of the most important person in psychology. William James brother Henry James became one of the most acclaimed American novelists. Suffering from health problems and severe depression William James spent the next two years in France and Germany. It was during this time he had studied with Hermann von Helmholtz and became interested in psychology.
After graduating from Harvard Medical School in 1869, James continued to be depression. After a period of some activities, the president of Harvard offered William James a position as an instructor. While he commented that "the first lecture on psychology I ever heard being the first I ever gave," William James accepted the job and went on to teach at Harvard for 35 years. James also founded one of the first experimental psychology laboratories in the United States. His classic textbook The Principles of Psychology (1890) was acclaimed, but some were critical of William James literary tone. "It is literature," psychologist Wilhelm Wundt famously commented, "it is beautiful, but it is not psychology." Two years later, he then published a better version of the work titled Psychology: The Briefer Course. The two books were mostly used by students of psychology and were known to most as "the James" and "the Jimmy" and William James was respected by all who read the books.
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