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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.

Becoming Authentic: An Existential-Humanistic Approach to Reading Literature
Becoming authentic: An existential-humanistic approach to reading literature

THIS CHAPTER offers an existential-humanistic view of the writing and reading of fiction and illustrates this view with a discussion of three novels by Albert Camus, especially The Fall (Camus, 1956).

Freudian analyses of literature typically focus on writers' unresolved unconscious needs, conflicts, and defenses that manifest themselves in disguised forms containing symbols and the return of the repressed. Writing from such motivation, and reading the resulting writing, may benefit the writer and reader by sublimating drives and conflicts and by vicariously reducing defenses, resulting in greater awareness (Lesser, 1957). But Freudian analyses have become notorious for their reductionism. Freud repeatedly focused on psychopathology as manifested in creative expressions and insisted that ...

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