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Psychology Day in Spain, February 24

Psychology Day in Spain, February 24

December 4, 2020

The Day of Psychology

Today, being the Day of Psychology in Spain, it is commemorated that is considered as a patron of psychology in the Spanish university environment: Juan Huarte de San Juan (1529 - 1588). This doctor and philosopher of Navarre origin published during the last days of February of the year 1575 his work Examination of wits for the sciences , a book in which he delved into individual differences and human temperaments linking biology and behavior. In turn, Huarte de San Juan proposed a different training for each person based on their physical and mental abilities.

Although the book was censored by the Inquisition for offering a description of the human essence different from the line of Catholic officialdom, it could be printed several times and sold clandestinely, becoming very popular thanks to its versions translated into several languages. The merit of this shrewd philosopher was knowing how to return to the line of study that linked mind and brain, initiated by AlcmeĆ³n de Crotona hundreds of years ago, and study how the body and psyche could influence each other (and all this, having all the power of the Inquisition against). Although psychology as a discipline that uses the scientific method was consolidated many years later, it is also valued for its role as pioneer . Juan Huarte de San Juan was commissioned to put the first grains of sand for psychology formalize their research criteria.


Due to the impact that his theoretical body had on the conception of the human being and his behavior, he is considered a precursor of differential psychology and professional orientation. In the same way, this somewhat unknown figure of Spanish history is considered pattern of psychology in Spain since 1983 , and the day of its commemoration responds to the dates for which the Engineers' Exam began printing. Today, numerous universities offer talks, conferences, cycles and, in short, program pedagogical activities different from the usual ones. There is also the option to take the holiday, something that many psychology students will surely appreciate.


Happy Psychology Day!


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