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 Four: Being Fully Human
Being Fully Human
Reason and love, or head and heart, are the twin pillars of the cognitive humanistic approach to being fully human. Human beings possess the potential to cultivate their minds so that they can influence and control their primitive destructive urges and release and develop their social instincts. As such, being fully human can be seen in terms of attaining personal excellence in two main areas: namely, human sympathy and mental cultivation. Human sympathy and mental cultivation are closely related in that external communications and actions showing human sympathy are important manifestations of internal mental cultivation. Good deeds tend to follow from and represent good thoughts.
Human sympathy may be viewed in terms of different levels or stages. Discussing what absence ...