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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 288,734 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Pierre Janet is the 62nd most popular psychologist, the 948th most popular biography from France (down from 906th 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 62 out of 183Before him are Martin Seligman, Sándor Ferenczi, Leon Festinger, Roger Wolcott Sperry, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and Edward C. Tolman. After him are Margaret Mahler, Timothy Leary, Ernst Kretschmer, Frederick Herzberg, Bruno Bettelheim, and Edward B. Titchener.

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Among people born in 1859, Pierre Janet ranks 21Before him are Jean Jaurès, Alexandre Millerand, George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, Verner von Heidenstam, Hugo Junkers, and Alexander Stepanovich Popov. After him are Alexander Samsonov, Jerome K. Jerome, Venustiano Carranza, Francisco Ferrer, Bertha Pappenheim, and Anna Ancher. Among people deceased in 1947, Pierre Janet ranks 36Before him are G. H. Hardy, Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted, Irving Fisher, Luigi Russolo, Bugsy Siegel, and Alexander Löhr. After him are Hans Fallada, Herbert Backe, Josephine Bakhita, Qazi Muhammad, Manolete, and Hjalmar Siilasvuo.

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Among people born in France, Pierre Janet ranks 948 out of 6,011Before him are Leonard of Noblac (496), Gaston Maspero (1846), Louis II of Anjou (1377), Martin Bucer (1491), Louis Nicolas Vauquelin (1763), and Louise Michel (1830). After him are Marie of France, Countess of Champagne (1145), Charles III, Prince of Monaco (1818), Jean de Lattre de Tassigny (1889), Thomas Couture (1815), Gilbert Bécaud (1927), and Stéphanie de Beauharnais (1789).


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), Jean Laplanche (1924), and Boris Cyrulnik (1937).