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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 Five: Learning and Losing Humanity
Learning and Losing Humanity
Unable to rely solely on instincts, people need to learn to become more fully human. Nurture must complement and supplement nature, but unfortunately nurture can be for ill as well as for good. All too often, in the process of growing up, individuals learn to think and behave in unskilful rather than in skilful ways and then repeat their mistakes. Almost everyone undergoes experiences that can lead them too much in the direction of personal insecurity, selfishness, short-term hedonism, and craving external affirmation and status. Important questions therefore include ‘How can skilful human qualities be acquired and maintained?’ and ‘What are the circumstances and pressures that lead so many people to suffer and fall short of being fully ...