An admitted “Moral Psychologist”, James’s philosophies coincide with today’s
fields of Humanistic Psychology, Behavioral Psychology, and Transpersonal Psychology.
He, like Jung, dared to look outside the “normal” experiences of the mind and expand the
concepts of consciousness. More particularly, William James attempted to describe the
processes of the conscious rather than the definition of the conscious. He was the first to
introduce our nation to psychology as a standard educational course and the founder of
pragmatism which emphasizes the elimination of unnecessary thinking and finding truth
only if it is practically applicable. Practicality, James defines, as those ideas that can be
verified, collaborated, validated, and assimilated.
He believed consciousness to be exclusive, personal, and selective, a constant
“decision maker” subject to a sea of information and perceptions specific to each
individual. Every decision or choice is ...