The humanistic theoretical framework first came into use in the mid-20th century. Humanistic approaches include therapies such as person-centered (client centered), existential, and Gestalt. Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow contributed greatly to the development and application of the theories of humanism to psychology and to understanding how human beings operate within their worlds. Humanists believe that given the conditions necessary for growth, people will naturally strive to continue to develop. Humanistic theories reflect the belief in the intrinsic good of people, and those practicing from a humanistic theoretical framework help clients find meaning in their lives.

Important Figures

Carl Rogers

Carl Rogers (1902–1987) is known for introducing person-centered, or client-centered, therapy as a technique to apply humanistic principles to psychology. As a reaction against traditional psychoanalysis or ...

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