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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.

Authenticity, Conventionality, and Angst: Existential and Transpersonal Perspectives
Authenticity, conventionality, and angst: Existential and transpersonal perspectives

EXISTENTIAL and transpersonal disciplines have similar concerns and much to offer to each other. Both emphasize a practical focus on those matters of deepest life importance, especially the causes and relief of suffering and what it means to live fully. As such, they pay particular attention to the fundamental nature of our human condition, the ways in which we fall short of our possibilities (especially through entrapment in social illusion), the problem of suffering, and how we can most fully and fundamentally respond to these issues.

In this chapter, I explore four topics that are centrally related to these issues:

  • The idea that our usual human condition is in some way deficient, ...
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