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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.

Constructivist Approaches to Therapy
Constructivist approaches to therapy

BEGINNING WITH The Psychology of Personal Constructs (Kelly, 1955/ 1991a, 1955/1991b), constructivist theorizing has been an integral aspect of psychology and psychotherapy. A family of theories that assume that reality is in some way created by persons, constructivism both anticipated and benefited from the current interest in postmodern philosophies in psychology. Despite constructivism's powerful influence in helping to shift psychology toward more postmodern understandings of the world, most therapists have little idea of the ways in which constructivist approaches can and do contribute to helping humans solve even the most severe problems. In this chapter, we hope to provide a brief overview of some of the many ways in which constructivist therapies can liberate people to approach life ...

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