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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.

Two Noble Insurgencies: Creativity and Humanistic Psychology
Two noble insurgencies: Creativity and humanistic psychology

CREATIVITY as a discipline and humanistic psychology as the “third force” both emerged a half century ago as two insurgencies. They emerged along with resurgent interest in classical subjects challenging a psychology preoccupied more with its method than with its subject. This preoccupation associated with an American postwar social climate characterized as conformist, depersonalized, compartmentalized, and materialistic (Arons, 1994). Starting independently, both insurgencies inquired into what is most unique and valued in being human, heedless of whether it was the most easily stan-dardizable or measurable and not limited by the then dominant “homeostatic” model of psychological health. Although both insurgencies at first focused on special individuals (i.e., the creatively gifted and the ...

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