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Theory of Humanistic Psychology

The topic of this solution is an overview of humanistic psychology. This is often thought of as the third of wave of modern psychology following psychoanalysis and behaviorism. This solution keys in on Carl Rogers "person centered" therapy and includes his theory on child development and self esteem. This overview includes Rogers believe in treating "clients" with unconditional postive regard. This solution explains Rogers theory and how it differs from psychoanalysis and behaviorism. Finally, the 3 main tools of therapy are discussed in detail. These three tools are genuiness, empathic understanding and active listening.

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Humanistic psychology is often referred to as the third of wave of modern psychology. The first wave being psychoanalysis and the second, behaviorism. Humanistic psychology was first recognized in the 1950's. It is also sometimes referred to as phenomenological psychology. This type of theory focuses on the unique aspects of each individuals human nature as opposed to Freud's approach which emphasizes the primitive or 'animal' aspect of human nature. The two main founders of humanistic psychology are Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers. Maslow is famous for his theory of motivation in regards to human behavior. Maslow is probably best known for his theory of hierarchy of needs.

Carl Rogers developed what was termed his person-centered ...

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This is a brief overview of humanistic psychology , the "third wave " of modern psychology. The main focus of this solution is on person centered therapy as proposed by the noted psychologist, Carl rogers. In this solution, all aspects of Roger's theory and his tools for therapy are outlined.