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 Two: Human Motivation
In the last chapter it was mentioned that, because of the atrocities of the twentieth century, which continue into this century, many people are now disillusioned with the power of reason to solve human problems. This chapter, which emphasizes the evolutionary and psycho-biological aspects of human nature, makes the case that human beings, along with their primitive aggressive instinct remnants, also have residues of social instincts that allow for sympathy and ethical actions towards other humans. Such positive instinct remnants, when aligned with reason, provide the foundation for humanism.
What Darwin Really Said
Charles Darwin's The Descent of Man (1998a), originally published in 1871, should be mandatory reading for all counsellors, therapists and anyone who wishes to conduct an informed discussion about the nature ...