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Cognitive Humanistic Therapy describes a new approach to psychotherapy and self-development, based on an understanding of what it means to be “fully human.” In a unique integration of theory and practice, the book synthesises ideas from the cognitive and humanistic domains of psychotherapy and the religious worlds of Buddhism and Christianity.
Chapter One: What is Cognitive Humanism?
What is Cognitive Humanism?
What does it mean to be fully human? Most people consider that they are being human just by virtue of being members of the species Homo sapiens. However, a simple biologically based answer ‘I am because I breathe’ does not really describe what it is to be fully human. Neither does a simple answer based on the French philosopher Descartes' famous quote ‘I think, therefore I am’. Still less does a modern-day parody ‘I consume, therefore I am’. Being human is a process that continues throughout life and at each stage people are influenced by others and make choices that can enhance, diminish or, if very unlucky, irreversibly cripple their capacity to attain more of their essential humanity. ...