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The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology is a landmark in the resurgent field of humanistic psychology and psychotherapy. Their range of topics is far-reaching--from the historical, theoretical, and methodological, to the spiritual, psychotherapeutic, and multicultural. Students and professionals are looking for the fuller, deeper, and more personal psychological orientation that this Handbook promotes.
Part III: Humanistic Methodology
Introduction to Part III
THIS IS A FERVENT TIME for humanistic research and theory building. As we saw in the previous part of this volume, there is a wealth of humanistic cross-fertilization occurring within psychology, and if trends continue, efforts in that direction will only intensify. The basis for this transitional moment is complex, but there are at least three developments that are fueling it: the general discontent with managed care, the growing disillusionment among both practitioners and practice-oriented researchers with conventional empirical research, and the rising allure of alternative (e.g., postpositivistic) epistemologies and methodologies (Bickman, 1999; Cain & Seeman, in press). The confluence of these trends is highly auspicious for humanistic psychology. In as much as humanistic psychology has long ...