The Challenges of Humanistic Approach

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When reviewing the material it becomes apparent that there is more than enough information to fully express the views and goals of the humanistic approach. The challenge, however is describing the material in a manner that flows smoothly from one aspect to the next as well as staying within and along a train of thought that will provoke students' interest and participation in the discussion. To start I would first run through some of the general concepts, get some feed back to make sure everyone understood the concepts such as phenomenology, and existentialism before going into individual theories and specific beliefs of the more influential humanistic psychologists, and lastly showing how these theories can be applied to their lives and experiences. By asking questions that place every individual into the discussion and get them to ask these types of questions of themselves as well as inspiring them to actively pursue the answers.

The main focus of humanistic psychology is that your conscious experience of the world, or your phenomenology, is more important than the real world itself (psychologically speaking). This means that the only place and time in which you exist at all is in your consciousness, here and now. The past, future, people, places you know and see are no more than ideas or perceptions of your mind. What I'm getting at is that there maybe a broader reality that exists but only the part of it that you perceive or conjure up will ever matter to you. Your own experience of the world if often referred to as your construal. The man who opened the first psychology laboratory around 1879 in Leipzig, Germany, Wilhelm Wundt was solely looking to study the human experience of objects and events, for example how water "feels" wet. Thus training in introspection or the observing of one's own mental process was held in high regards by Wundt, but eventually psychology deemed this particular discipline somewhat obsolete asking how anything could...

References: - Funder, David C. The Personality Puzzle 3rd edition
- Class Notes
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