What is the relationship between Psychology and Anthropology ?


Psychology has relationship with anthropology or the “science of man”. Anthropology studies the history of human race, the physical evolution of mankind, and the development of human civilization. It is concerned with the social problems of primitive man and their culture, tradition, customs, and manners.

Psychology studies how these cultural factors influence the human behaviour. Particularly, the cross-cultural psychologists draw from the knowledge base of the anthropologists to understand the unique features and influences of a culture. They use the methods of the anthropologists. So the study of anthropology facilitates the study of psychology. Similarly, the knowledge of abnormal and social psychology helps the anthropologists in explaining the man, his religion, and culture. Moreover, psychological techniques are applied for the comparative study of culture.

Thus, there is a close relationship between anthropology and psychology. The relationships among anthropology, sociology and psychology are so close that they are classified under the discipline of “Behavioral Sciences”.

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