Humanistic Psychology

Concepts and Criticisms

  • Joseph R. Royce
  • Leendert P. Mos

Part of the PATH in Psychology book series (PATH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. The Historical Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Carl F. Graumann
      Pages 3-18
    3. Amedeo P. Giorgi
      Pages 19-47
  3. Experiencing and Epistemology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Joseph Lyons
      Pages 77-96
    3. John Charles Cooper
      Pages 97-108
    4. Harold G. Coward, Joseph R. Royce
      Pages 109-134
  4. Paradigm and Method

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
  5. Interdisciplinary Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
  6. Critical Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Herman Tennessen
      Pages 253-260
    3. Daniel E. Berlyne
      Pages 261-293
    4. Floyd W. Matson
      Pages 295-304
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 305-311

About this book

Introduction

THE FORMATIVE TENDENCY I have often pointed out that in my work with individuals in therapy, and in my experience in encounter groups, I have been led to the con­ viction that human nature is essentially constructive. When, in a ther­ apeutic climate (which can be objectively defined) a person becomes sharply aware of more of his or her internal experiencing and of the stimuli and demands from the external world, thus acquiring a full range of options, the person tends to move in the direction of becoming a socially constructive organism. But many are critical of this point of view. Why should such a positive direction be observed only in humans? Isn't this just pure op- · . ? timi sm. So quite hesitantly, because I have to draw on the work and thinking of others rather than on my own experience, I should like to try to set this directional tendency in a much broader context. I shall draw on my general reading in the field of science, but I should like to mention a special indebtedness to the work of Lancelot Whyte in The Universe of Experience (Harper and Row, 1974), the last book he wrote before his death. Though the book has flaws, in my judgment this historian has some thought-provoking themes to advance. I have learned from many others as well.

Keywords

Humanism Humanistic Psychology death nature philosophy psychiatry psychology psychotherapy science therapy

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph R. Royce
    • 1
  • Leendert P. Mos
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-1071-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-1073-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-1071-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-048X
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