Pierre Janet

1859 - 1947

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Pierre Marie Félix Janet (French: [ʒanɛ]; 30 May 1859 – 24 February 1947) was a pioneering French psychologist, physician, philosopher, and psychotherapist in the field of dissociation and traumatic memory. He is ranked alongside William James and Wilhelm Wundt as one of the founding fathers of psychology. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pierre Janet has received more than 302,937 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Pierre Janet is the 58th most popular psychologist (up from 62nd in 2019), the 974th most popular biography from France (down from 945th in 2019) and the 5th most popular French Psychologist.

Pierre Janet is most famous for his work with hysteria and dissociation. He was the first to suggest that the symptoms of hysteria are a result of an "involuntary splitting of consciousness."

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Among psychologists, Pierre Janet ranks 58 out of 235Before him are Kurt Koffka, Martin Seligman, Aaron T. Beck, Alexander Luria, Fritz Perls, and Stanley Milgram. After him are Solomon Asch, Roger Wolcott Sperry, Geert Hofstede, Karl Abraham, Stanislav Grof, and Leon Festinger.

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Among people born in 1859, Pierre Janet ranks 20Before him are Sholem Aleichem, Verner von Heidenstam, Jean Jaurès, Alexandre Millerand, George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, and Jerome K. Jerome. After him are Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Hugo Junkers, Alexander Samsonov, Anna Ancher, Venustiano Carranza, and Francisco Ferrer. Among people deceased in 1947, Pierre Janet ranks 35Before him are Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted, Stanley Baldwin, Victor Lustig, Alexander Löhr, Qazi Muhammad, and Irving Fisher. After him are Bugsy Siegel, Josephine Bakhita, Luigi Russolo, Hans Fallada, Albert Marquet, and Manolete.

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Among people born in France, Pierre Janet ranks 974 out of 6,770Before him are Jules de Polignac (1780), Jacques Demy (1931), Philip II, Duke of Savoy (1438), Christina of Lorraine (1565), Sophie of France (1734), and Claude Perrault (1613). After him are Gaston Maspero (1846), Juliette Récamier (1777), Alain Touraine (1925), Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813), Catherine of Valois (1401), and Jules Renard (1864).


Among psychologists born in France, Pierre Janet ranks 5Before him are Jacques Lacan (1901), Gustave Le Bon (1841), Alfred Binet (1857), and Princess Marie Bonaparte (1882). After him are Théodule-Armand Ribot (1839), Émile Coué (1857), Henri Wallon (1879), Françoise Dolto (1908), Boris Cyrulnik (1937), Jean Laplanche (1924), and Jacques-Alain Miller (1944).