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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.

An Introduction to Phenomenological Research in Psychology: Historical, Conceptual, and Methodological Foundations
An introduction to phenomenological research in psychology: Historical, conceptual, and methodological foundations

IN THIS CHAPTER, we begin with the historical and conceptual background of phenomenological psychology. We then highlight some of the major methodological principles that guide phenomenological research in psychology. After a discussion of procedures that typically are involved in empirical research, we illustrate the orientation by describing a particular application of these methods.

Historical Background

During the early 1900s, Edmund Husserl began to develop a “philosophy as rigorous science” called phenomenology. Husserl believed that if science were to fulfill its mission of providing rational knowledge that would enable humanity to freely shape its own destiny, then science must go beyond an exclusive focus on the ...

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