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Humanistic and Existential Theories of Abnormality

Humanistic and existential theories of abnormality involve the idea that individuals feel pressure and stress with confirming to society's rules, which causes them to be unable to achieve their desires, leading to abnormal functioning. Various humanistic theories include Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs and Carl Rogers' self-actualization concept.

Carl Rogers is one of the most well known proponents for humanistic therapy. He believed that if societal pressures were removed, individuals would grow happily and achieve self-actualization - true meaning in the world. However, individuals in society faced with the burdens and constrictions placed upon them may have a distorted view of themselves and lose touch with their own needs and desires. Through his client-centred therapy, Rogers helps people realize their own needs and break free from outside pressure.

Similarly, Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs states that a person's needs range from the most basic needs, such as food and water, to the higher-order needs, including self-actualization and meaning in life. The higher-order needs can only be achieved when the lower-order needs are met, and if these lower needs are not met, a person can be faced with distress and anxiety.

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The humanistic and existential theories of abnormality hold strong in psychological treatment due to the positive mentality behind individuals taking control of their lives, loving themselves, and realizing their own strength and potential. However, a negative aspect of this approach is that it is very difficult to study scientifically in research.

The Person-Centered Approach

Please help with the following: describing and evaluating two of the basic tenets of person-centered theory. Compare similarities and differences among person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic theories with respect to how a client's problems arise and how people change. Finally, analyze this information with resp

Science vs. Scientism

After viewing Hutchinson's YouTube video (listed below), please provide a one page (single spaced) response to the following questions: Question 1: Explain the difference between science and scientism. Question 2: How does this distinction influence how Christian counselors view the relationship between psychology and the

Christian Counseling

A definition of Christian counseling that considers the sufficiency of scripture. Then explain all of the components of the provided definition or key vocabulary.

Concept's Application to Society

Pick a term from this list. Apply the term to social psychology and explain the concept's application to society. Develop the concept in terms of applicability and heuristic value. Inform your response with scholarly support. a. Entitativity b. Essentialism and social psychology c. Attribution error and social psychology

Application of humanistic theory

Explain one way in which the application of humanistic theory might be the same and one way in which it might differ for adults in a face-to-face learning environment versus adults in an online learning environment. Then, provide an example of how an instructor might apply humanistic theory in an adult online learning environmen

Existential Therapy client assessment

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Questions about Humanistic and Existential Therapies

1). Compare and contrast Humanistic and Existential therapies. 2). What impact might cultural and/or ethnic diversity have on the processes and outcomes of these two therapeutic approaches? 3). Support your response with the inclusion of at least 1 APA citation from a scholarly reference.

Therapeutic Approaches/Reality and Existential

1/In reading your answer in reality therapy "it is not the role of therapist to affect change, but that of the individual." I was thinking no matter what theory is used the therapist in some fashion will have a part in the client's change. I think it is human nature to see what others want for you this especially with client and

Counseling Theory

Would you help me to get started on the following question: Compare and contrast Person-Centered, Existential, and Gestalt therapies.

Need assistance with a Case Study

Can you apply either existential or Gestalt theory to the case of Mary (see the case study narrative attachment, The Case of Mary,)? Specify how the theory would conceptualize her "problem," identify what key concepts can be applied, and discuss two specific interventions you would use with this client. Identify a limitation of

Existential and Gestalt Theories

Can you help with comparing existential and Gestalt therapeutic approaches, focus on how they are alike and different in therapeutic goal, key concepts, role of the counselor, role of the client, and therapeutic interventions?

Client-centered therapy.

Discuss Client-Centered therapy (humanistic) I grew up in a home with a lot of abuse, mostly I sat and was made to watch my step dad, beat my mom and my brother and 3 sisters, I am the youngest of the 5 of us. I had great regret for not being able to do any thing, (I was 3 years old when this had started) however, when I beca

Phenomenological Humanistic) theory using Rogers Maslow theory

Explain Phenomenological (Humanistic) theory using Rogers Maslow theory explain each of the ideal below: 1. Key Concepts of Personality Formation 2. Explanation of Personality Disorder 3.Validity 4.Comprehensiveness 5.Applicability 6.Cultural Utility

Humanistic Theory: Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers

Discuss the significant contributions, theories and concepts of the two main figures in Humanistic Psychology. Include a diagram of Maslow's hierarchy of needs and a case study example demonstrating Rogerian techniques. Thanks.

Rollo May (1909 - 1994)

What is the significance of Rollo May's (1909-1994) life and personality theory? Provide a brief biography and touch on the main points of his theory. Thanks.

Obstacles to self-actualization

If the tendency toward self-actualization is innate, why are more adults not self-actualized? Maslow estimated that only 1% of adults are self-actualized. If he's right, why is this the case? Based on Maslow's theory, how would you explain it? How would Freud explain it? How would a cognitive psychologist explain it?