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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.

The Unfolding of Experience: Psychotherapy and Beyond
The unfolding of experience: Psychotherapy and beyond

I want to unfold. I don't want to stay folded anywhere because where I am folded, there I am untrue.

R. M.Rilke (Rilke's Book of Hours, 1996)

LIFE UNFOLDS, forever giving rise to a freshly emerging flow of discoveries. At least two different types of unfolding operate in human development: (a) a sequential or “horizontal” unfolding in which we evolve through time as new discoveries appear progressively, each one building on those that have preceded it; and beyond that, (b) a more unpredictable type of “vertical” emergence in which something totally fresh and unexpected breaks through, allowing us to move to a deeper level of awareness and see things in a radically new way. Unlike ...

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