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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.

Existential Analysis and Humanistic Psychotherapy
Existential analysis and humanistic psychotherapy

WHAT EXACTLY is the relationship between existential analysis and humanistic psychotherapy? I want to raise this issue because I feel hurt, misunderstood, and even traduced when I see existential writers getting humanistic work wrong. And this they often do. Let me just give one typical quote here and insert other quotes in italic indented form later as illustrations:

Humanistic approaches perceive humans as basically positive creatures who develop constructively, given the right conditions. The existential position is that people may evolve in any direction, good or bad, and that only reflection on what constitutes good and bad makes it possible to exercise one's choice in the matter. The humanistic counselor might simply seek to encourage the client ...

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