Scientology Is the Antithesis of Humanistic Psychology: Comment on Wolfe’s (2017) “Common Sense Scientology” and Friedman’s (2017) Related Commentary

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Abstract

This article is a comment on Wofe’s (2017) THP article “Common Sense Scientology” and Friedman’s (2017) related commentary. I have utilized my background in Scientology in the 1970s, as well as my experience as a humanistic psychologist, to convey two main areas of concern that I have about Wolfe’s article. These areas of concern encompass a need to know the background of the author in relation to Scientology, and my problems with the author’s comparison of Scientology with the tenets of Rogers’ nondirective counseling. However, I am in agreement with Friedman’s statement that all areas related to psychology, even if they are controversial, should be studied, and Scientology is no exception to this. But doing so in a complete context of knowledge about Scientology is what I am focusing on in this commentary.

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