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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.

Performative Therapy: Postmodernizing Humanistic Psychology
Performative therapy: Postmodernizing humanistic psychology

AN AWARENESS of the implications of postmodernism for contemporary life is crucial for developing new practices, therapies, and forms of social interaction relevant to our chaotic, tumbled-together world.1 A cultural shift has taken place around us; a new set of problems of everyday living has emerged in what has been variously called our narcissis-tically detached, decadent, postindustrial, or late capitalist culture. Postmodern thinking, now pervasive across academic disciplines, attempts to document these changes in the cultural environment, challenging traditional conceptions and promoting openness to alternative takes on what is happening. First recognized in the arts, architecture, economics, anthropology, and sociology, postmodernism swept over many fields of cultural study while mainstream psychology slept—and still sleeps. This widespread ...

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