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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.

Awakening the Heart
Awakening the heart

This chapter continues exploring unskilful illusions that can interfere with people becoming fully human by focusing on two illusions that can harden people's hearts against their fellow humans. One illusion is that of human differentness or failing to acknowledge that all humans share the same specieshood. Another illusion is that of human badness, what Maslow called the ‘bad animal’ view of human nature (Maslow, 1970, 1971). Such illusions need to be challenged and replaced with more balanced and accurate assumptions. Two of the cornerstones of humanism, be it either the strict secular version or as part of religious traditions, are that all human beings belong to the same species and that they have an innate potential for goodness that provides ...

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