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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.

Collaborative Exploration as an Approach to Personality Assessment
Collaborative exploration as an approach to personality assessment

FIRST, A SERIES of rhetorical questions. How could it be that a chapter on personality assessment, especially one that makes substantial use of traditional psychological tests and projective techniques, appears in a handbook of humanistic psychology? Aren't testing and assessment tied to logical positivism, and more or less to realism and materialism, as psychology's traditional philosophy of science? Isn't their purpose to classify and explain, from a distanced, laboratory-type pursuit of objectivity? Isn't this framework antithetical to humanistic values?

This chapter does indeed present an approach to psychological assessment that is thoroughly consistent with the values and goals of humanistic psychology. Together, the client and professional formulate the goals of the assessment, ...

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