Case Study Applying Humanistic Theory of Personality

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Theory of Choice Article Selection: Humanistic Approach to Education Markeeta R. Summers
Capella University
June 4, 2011

Rationale
1. We all have the power to choose our destinies
2. client centered therapy
3. The approach attempts to help people gain control of their lives and make positive choices about their direction

Humanistic psychologists are different from psychodynamic theorists because they indicate that our lives are not completely determined by genetics, past experiences, or our present circumstance. Humanistic psychology is inspired by psychoanalysis but is independent from it in the view of personal freedom as a contrast to psychic determinism. We all have the power to choose our destinies, even when fate delivers us into tragedy.

Humanism is different from behaviorism because it indicates that we can choose our own lives and that we are not only determined by our environment. Humanistic therapy can be useful at increasing ones self awareness. Humanistic psychotherapy involves Gestalt and client centered therapy. Gestalt therapy focuses on what is currently going on in a person’s life and stresses personal responsibility. Client centered therapy is a non directive approach in that the therapist does not purposely steer the client in a particular direction. The approach attempts to help people gain control of their lives and make positive choices about their direction. Self esteem, bereavement and assertiveness are some of the issues that humanistic counselors might help with.

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Barbara, L. Minton. (2008) Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Explains Why Some Children Fail. Retrieved May 31, 2011, from http://www.naturalnews.com/024190.html this article uses Maslows needs pyramid to provide insight on some reasons some children may not do well in school. Some children fail because they have not fulfilled the needs for being successful in school. Children who are less...
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