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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.

Defining Moments of Self-Actualization: Peak Performance and Peak Experience
Defining moments of self-actualization: Peak performance and peak experience

PEAK PERFORMANCE, the perfect moment when mind, muscle, and movement come together, and peak experience, a precious moment of highest happiness and joy, are personally valued experiences. We cherish these times, enjoy remembering them, and intuitively expect that they can enlighten our lives. These cherished personal experiences also are significant constructs in humanistic psychology.

Peak performance is releasing latent powers through skill in an athletic contest, artistic expression, physical strength in a crisis, intellectual prowess, rich interpersonal relationships, moral courage, or excellence in any activity. Peak experience is intense joy or ecstasy that stands out perceptually and cognitively among other experiences. Pervasive personality characteristics related to excellence and ...

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