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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.

Humanistic Psychology and Women: A Critical-Historical Perspective
Humanistic psychology and women: A critical-historical perspective

THE ROLE OF WOMEN in humanistic psychology is complex. On the one hand, much of humanistic thought, especially with regard to the centrality of personal experience and holistic and tacit ways of knowing (Polanyi, 1958), has much in common with feminist theories of intersubjectivity (Chodorow, 1978; Jordan, 1991), personal knowledge, and the importance of finding one's own voice (Gilligan, 1982; Heilbrun, 1988; Woolf, 1929/1989). On the other hand, existential, humanistic, and transpersonal psychologies all have been subject to feminist critiques that these perspectives privilege the sole self-evolving individual on a solitary and heroic journey of self-discovery (Crocker, 1999; Wright, 1995). This journey is characterized by subduing nature; overcoming matter; transcending the ...

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