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dc.contributor.advisorAbzug, Robert H.en
dc.creatorGrogan, Jessica Lynn, 1976-en
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-29T00:14:54Zen
dc.date.available2008-08-29T00:14:54Zen
dc.date.issued2008-05en
dc.identifierb70655017en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/3855en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThe humanistic psychology movement, formally established in 1962, sought to address broad questions of individual identity, expression, meaning and growth that had been largely neglected by post-war American cultural institutions in general and by the discipline of psychology in particular. By proposing a definition of mental health that went beyond the simple absence of illness, and by critiquing the American desire to reductively quantify even the nature of human existence, humanistic psychologists, including founders Abraham Maslow, Gordon Allport, Rollo May and Carl Rogers, offered a holistic, growth-driven theory of the self. They also attempted to formulate scientific methods that would be capable of adequately treating, rather than abstracting away, the complexity and subjectivity of the individual. Humanistic psychologists drew on the work of William James, and on the synthetic approach to the self and psyche that he described as "radical empiricism," in an attempt to build upon dominant American psychological movements, namely psychoanalysis and behaviorism, which they perceived to have provided valuable, though incomplete, insights into human psychology. In crafting humanistic methods, they also incorporated western European philosophies of holism, including phenomenology, existentialism and Gestalt. The movement they established produced enduring change in American psychology and American culture, though, for the most part, not in the ways the founders had envisioned. In the late 1960s and early to mid-1970s, humanistic psychology provided much of the vocabulary, and many of the techniques, of the human potential movement, of women's liberation groups, and of psychedelic users. It also laid the foundation for the person-centered approaches that developed in psychotherapy, social work, pastoral counseling, and academic psychologyen
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subject.lcshHumanistic psychologyen
dc.subject.lcshUnited States--Social life and customs--20th centuryen
dc.titleA cultural history of the humanistic psychology movement in Americaen
dc.description.departmentAmerican Studiesen
dc.identifier.oclc241308165en
dc.type.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentAmerican Studiesen
thesis.degree.disciplineAmerican Studiesen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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