The Case for a Humanistic Psychology

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Abstract

Humanistic psychology has been overshadowed through most of psychology’s history by a scientific outlook that sets “behavior” rather than “the human being” as psychology’s proper subject matter. This outlook is the consequence of certain assumptions psychology makes, and the humanistic point of view cannot be fully realized unless psychology changes these assumptions. I examine 2 of those that are most influential and show how they have set psychology on its present path. One of these concerns is its underlying philosophical paradigm, and I describe an alternative paradigm that would be more supportive of a humanistic psychology.

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