What is the Humanistic Perspective in Psychology?

Question by mikeyvortex: What is the Humanistic Perspective in Psychology?
What is the Humanistic Perspective in Psychology?
Can someone tell me in their own words what that is?

Also, please try to keep it as simple as possible so it can not be too hard to understand. Thanks.

Best answer:

Answer by Josh K
To apply it for advancement of cognitive understanding on human development and encourage positive mental growth and brain plasticity.

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  1. adeline_cosine said,

    Wrote on November 11, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    The Humanistic Perspective was a counter response to the major field of Behavioral psychology (we are completely shaped by our environment and have no free will) and Freudian psychology (our personalities are shaped by our early life experiences and it takes years of therapy to overcome what occurred before we reached the age of 5).

    Freudian psychology dealt mostly with mentally ill and neurotic patients. Most of Behavioral psychology was developed using animals, where there was greater control.

    Humanistic psychology maintained that humans could not be compared with animals, had free will, and had a hierarchy of needs ranging from the level food and shelter to a level to strive to be the best that they could be. Humanists believed that humans were innately good and had a need to reach their highest potential.

    Although started as an experimental discipline, Humanism became primarily theoretical and hasn’t held up well (You know: war, murder, grudges, prejudice, reluctance to reason, etc.). But it was important in emphasizing that people are not simply slaves to their environment or upbringing.

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