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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.

Living Within Essential Tensions: Dialectics and Future Development
Living within essential tensions: Dialectics and future development

THERE ARE TWO types of people in the world: those who believe that there are two types of people in the world and those who do not. Like kindred koans, this seeming paradox is not meant to be resolved. It invites a recognition that we rely extensively on categories to organize our experience. The object is not to eliminate the categories or to transcend our needs to categorize; rather, it is to become increasingly aware of and informed by the categorical processes in which we are engaged. A theme of this chapter is that a central challenge facing humanistic psychology is a dialectical one, namely, learning to live with and ...

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