Road to Malpsychia: Humanistic Psychology and Our Discontents

Road to Malpsychia: Humanistic Psychology and Our Discontents

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by Joyce Milton
     
 

ISBN-10: 1893554791

ISBN-13: 9781893554795

Pub. Date: 08/01/2003

Publisher: Encounter Books


Joyce Milton's fascinating narrative begins in the early 1960s with psychologist Abraham Maslow's prediction that psychologists would soon seize control of values from religion and be able to create an ideal society made up of "self-actualized men and women." Maslow became the prophet of the new humanistic psychology movement. Its leading practitioner was Carl…  See more details below

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Joyce Milton's fascinating narrative begins in the early 1960s with psychologist Abraham Maslow's prediction that psychologists would soon seize control of values from religion and be able to create an ideal society made up of "self-actualized men and women." Maslow became the prophet of the new humanistic psychology movement. Its leading practitioner was Carl Rogers, the California human potential guru who used encounter groups to teach people to get in touch with the dark impulses of their "true selves." And the marketer-in-chief was Harvard's Timothy Leary, who saw LSD as a tool for helping in the task of deconstructing the "Judeo-Calvinist" worldview. "The Road to Malpsychia" gives us intriguing portraits of these patriarchs of the new secular order. Milton also shows what happened when Maslow disciples Abbie Hoffman and Betty Friedan applied Maslow's teachings to political activism and feminism, and when educators too eagerly adopted the principle that children must develop "intrinsic knowledge," free from authoritarian influences and the tyranny of facts. Impatient with human limitations, anxious to put the self at the center of the universe, the humanistic movement was momentarily triumphant. But instead of becoming, in Maslow's phrase, "fully human," the questing selves built a culture of narcissism; the new values were revealed as clichés in disguise; and the new gospel of self-esteem devolved into psychobabble. "The Road to Malpsychia" charts the rise and fall of one of the most significant cultural movements of our time. It is a story filled with character and anecdote and also with daunting implications for the secular souls left stranded by the failure of what Maslow once called "the religion of human nature."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781893554795
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Pages:
309
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Road to Eupsychia1
1The Rise of Relativism11
2Fully Human39
3Mushroom People63
4Miracles93
5Good Boy No More127
6Revolutionary Science165
7The Man Question205
8The Malpsychian Classroom235
9The Deconstructed Self267
Acknowledgments293
Notes295
Index311

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