BY: T. Franklin Murphy | August 3, 2021
Humanistic Psychology is sometimes considered the "third force" in psychology in the 1950's, breaking from the other two popular branches: psychoanalyst and behaviorist.
Humanistic psychology emphasizes the whole individual and stresses concepts such as free will, self-efficacy, and self-actualization. Humanist strive to help people fulfill their potential and maximize well-being.
The new brand of psychology felt that both psychoanalysis and behaviorism were pessimistic, more concerned with dysfunction, and in behaviorism's case, undermining the importance of personal choice.
In 1957 and 1958, Abraham Maslow and Clark Moustakas established a professional association that emphasized a more positive and humanistic approach. The associations discussions revolved around topics such as:
Flourishing Life Society's articles and research are heavily influenced by humanism principles.
The Humanism Impact
Humanistic psychology added another dimension to psychological thought, adding to the established fields. Humanisms influence on the field of psychology includes:
Humanistic psychology (humanism) begins with the assumption that people are innately good, believing that morality, ethical values, and good intentions are the driving forces of behavior, while adverse environments and disrupting psychological experiences impact natural tendencies.
Some fundamental assumptions of humanistic psychology include:
Major Contributors to Humanistic Psychology
Major Psychological Principles that Emerged from Humanism
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