Definition: A clinical viewpoint empahsizing human ability, growth, potential, and free will. This form of psychology has a greater focus on feelings and self concept.

So basically...


  • Its is a psychological viewpoint that emphasizes human achievement and potential, fulfillment of needs, and capabilities/goals, rather than innate urges and repressed experiences.
  • Focuses mainly on a positive image, and psychologists from this perspective would focus on methods that allow fulfillment of a persons full potential.
  • Emphasizes on self-actualization
  • This is the idea that our actions are influenced by self-concept, but our desires are fueled by a need for personal growth and fulfillment.

Humanistic Therapy would look like..


  • The psychologist asks you ways that you could grow from the situation or how you would see yourself in the future.
  • A psychologist tells you to recognize your strengths rather than your weaknesses, and to help you strive to achieve the fullest potential and fulfillment in your life
  • Similar questions that address the same concept of "How does that make you feel?"
  • The psychologist would show signs of Unconditional Postive Regard which is the complete acceptance of the client even if the views are not similar.

Aspects of Humanistic Psychology/Therapy


  • Client-Centered Therapy : Assumes that all people have the need to self actualize and realize theyre potential.
  • Reflection of feeling : helps clients understanmd theyre feelings.
  • Its believed that self actualization can be blocked by an unhealthy enviornment such as, negative self evaluation,and bullying from others.

Psychologists to consider and their ideas


Abraham Maslow; In Maslows theory, our needs occur in priority order and as he calls it the Hierarchy of Needs. Biological begins at the bottom because they are the most basic needs such as food, water, oxygen, sleep etc. Above that is Saftey; which motivates you to stay away from danger, find comfort, and become free from fear. Next is Attachment and Affiliation which energizes us when we are no longer ocncerned about danger. For example, needs to belong, to affiliate, to love and be loved. Forth on the list is Esteem; the need for confidence and self worth. Lastly Self Actualization is at the top. It motivates us to seek our fullest development.
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Abraham Maslows Hierarchy of Needs applied to school

Carl Rogers; Founder of client centered therapy, carl rogers mainly focused on personality development of his clients. He believed that each individual has the potential and need to grow and develop.


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