Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology: A Historical and Biographical Sourcebook / Edition 1

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An examination of four decades of research and practice in humanistic psychology, this work highlights the lasting contributions of humanistic psychology to the science of psychology and to the pursuit of personal and spiritual development. It explores the passions and goals of the founders and their vital legacy for the 21st century.

Humanistic Psychology began as a movement of creative individuals who sought to remake psychology in the image of a fully alive and aware human being. Humanistic psychology emphasizes liberation from personal and social oppression and the pursuit of higher levels of human potential. Humanistic psychologists criticize scientific psychology for their emphasis on the measurement, prediction, and control of behavior, and protest the exclusion of such basic aspects of humanness as consciousness, values, freedom, love, and spirit from psychological investigation. This book will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in psychology as well as professionals in the field.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[A]n excellent work for pedagogic or introductory purposes, not only for professional and academic psychologists who seek to expand their intellectual horizons, but also as a complementary text for the classic introductory course in the history and systems of psychology."


Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences

"There is much information here for those studying humanistic and transpersonal psychology."



This book consists of two parts, the first presenting a historical and conceptual overview of humanistic psychology, and the second presenting biocritical essays on 17 key figures in the field. Some of the topics covered include the emergence and early development of humanistic psychology; the major theorists and schools within the theory; the existential and phenomenological approach; feminist psychology and its place in the human-potential movement; and the biofeedback movement. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313291586
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/1999
  • Series: Schools of Psychological Thought Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

DONALD MOSS, Ph.D., is Director of Behavioral Health and Primary Care for PSYSERV, in Grand Haven and Muskegon, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology: An Overview
The Historical and Scientific Background of Humanistic Psychology 3
1 The Historical and Cultural Context of Humanistic Psychology: Ike, Annette, and Elvis 5
2 The Scientific and Philosophical Context of Humanistic Psychology 12
3 Abraham Maslow and the Emergence of Humanistic Psychology 24
Major Schools and Theorists in Humanistic Psychology 39
4 Carl Rogers, the Person-Centered Approach, and Experiential Therapy 41
5 Gestalt Therapy: The Once and Future King 49
6 The Humanistic Psychology of Self-Disclosure, Relationship, and Community 66
7 Body Therapies in Humanistic Psychology 85
8 Existential-Phenomenological Psychology 95
9 Feminist Psychology and Humanistic Psychology 125
10 Biofeedback, Mind-Body Medicine, and the Higher Limits of Human Nature 145
Beyond the Person: Spiritual and Transpersonal Psychologies 163
11 Christian Humanistic Psychology 167
12 Transpersonal Psychology: The Fourth Force 192
The Heritage and the Promise of Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology 209
13 The Continuing Need for a Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology 211
14 The Promise and Hope of Humanistic Psychology 227
Pt. II Biographical and Critical Essays on Central Figures in Humanistic Psychology and Transpersonal Psychology
15 Diana Baumrind: Researcher and Critical Humanist 249
16 James F. T. Bugental: Continuity and Change 260
17 Moshe Feldenkrais and Functional Integration 268
18 Erich Fromm: Humanistic Psychoanalysis 276
19 Amedeo Giorgi and the Project of a Human Science 287
20 On Psychology as a Person-Centered Science: William James and His Relation to the Humanistic Tradition 301
21 Sidney Jourard: Disclosing to Ourselves and Others 314
22 Ronald Laing: Existentialism and Psychoanalysis 323
23 Abraham Maslow: Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Yesteryear 334
24 Rollo May: Liberator and Realist 347
25 Fritz Perls and Paul Goodman: When Ahasuerus Met Erasmus 355
26 Laura Perls and Gestalt Therapy: Her Life and Values 374
27 Carl Rogers: Client, Heal Thyself 385
28 Ida P. Rolf and Structural Integration (Rolfing) 394
29 Erwin Straus: The Individual, the Senses, and the Beloved Earth 407
30 Ken Wilber: Mapping the Evolution of Consciousness 423
Index 431
About the Editor and Contributors 453
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