In this volume, G. Marian Kinget's classic work, On Being Human, can be read for the first time in light of a second, previously unpublished work, Pleasure And Pain. Taken together, these two works offer a new generation of readers a comprehensive picture of the insights, principles, and goals of humanistic psychology. On Being Human, Kinget's pioneering work, which arose from the original humanistic revolution in psychology, systematically describes the characteristics that make human beings different from all other forms of life. In this work, Kinget explores man in his full nature not solely as a biological organism modified by experience and culture. She presents a person as a symbolic entity capable of pondering his existence, and lending it meaning and direction. Man is the only animal who knowingly exists in space and time, manifesting transcendental and metaphysical concern throughout history and culture. On Being Human presents the fundamentals of any valid approach to psychology as well as to other fields concerned with the individuality of the human being. It describes the specific human capacities for reflective thought and declarative language, and it discusses the unique ability of humans to devise culture and question origins. Pleasure and Pain considers the interdependence of human pleasure and pain. This idea, which leads to unnecessary fears and unwarranted expectations, goes unrecognized in a contemporary western society focused on the accumulation of pleasure without any awareness of the duality of the pleasure-pain experience. Kinget refutes the widespread fallacy that fun lies in the means, when it actually lies in the subject, and she discusses the human potential for autonomous "management" of the pleasure-pain dimension of human existence.
Presents founder of humanist psychology G. Marian Kinget's classic (originally published in 1975), as well as her previously unpublished work, , which together provide an introduction to the principles and goals of the field. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
chapter 1 On Being Human: Introduction chapter 2 Homo Symbolicus chapter 3 Culture Maker chapter 4 Toward Delight: Play, Love, and Beauty chapter 5 Freedom, Responsibility chapter 6 Man Transcending chapter 7 Epilogue chapter 8 Bibliography chapter 9 Acknowledgments and Copyrights chapter 10 Index chapter 11 Pleasure and Pain: Janus-Faced Algedonia chapter 12 Affective Management for Effective Living chapter 13 Pleasure as Product vs. Pleasure as By-Product chapter 14 "The Laws of Levity and the laws of Gravity" chapter 15 "Can We Survive the Fun-Explosion?" chapter 16 Pleasure Resides in the Subject, Not in the Object chapter 17 "You Owe it to Yourself" chapter 18 What of Pain chapter 19 Conclusion chapter 20 Bibliography