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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.

The Person as Moral Agent
The person as moral agent

IT SEEMS LIKELY that once pre-humans became “human,” they began to observe and form an understanding of themselves. Intuitively, we regard this effort at self-observation and self-understanding as intrinsic to what we mean by being human. Less obviously, the effort to understand ourselves merges into the effort to understand human nature or the mind.

Before long, the tendency toward role specialization, inherent in the social nature of human life, led to certain persons becoming accredited as experts in understanding humans (e.g., psyche, soul, mind). The first authorities, called priests, soon were followed by philosophers and playwrights. From antiquity until the end of the 18th century, the members of these three groups were the acknowledged experts on human ...

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