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Turkey, Psychology in

  1. Hale Bolak Boratav

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy1014

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Boratav, H. B. 2010. Turkey, Psychology in. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Turkey is often seen as a cultural as well as a geographical bridge between the East and the West. Bearing the legacies of great civilizations in Anatolia, the country has a rich cultural heritage. Previously, issues of psychological relevance were largely relegated to the mystic and religious realms. The fall of the Ottoman Empire after World War I and the founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923, accompanied by the introduction of secular reforms, provided a context within which Western scientific ideas emerged as an alternative to and challenged traditional systems of knowledge and belief (Bolak-Boratav, 2004).