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The Impact of Qualitative Research on the "Real World": Knowledge Translation as Education, Policy, Clinical Training, and Clinical Practice
Knowledge translation (KT) remains an elusive term that has no unified definition in the health or social sciences. The wide scope of what KT is in practice invites creativity in disseminating research findings. In this article, we describe innovative KT initiatives based on different methodologies of qualitative research we conducted in the fields of psycho-oncology and mental health. These include medical and public education, training mental health clinicians, national policy recommendations, and clinical interventions in the health field. As academic researchers, we bear a responsibility to the public we are intended t...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - June 2, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Granek, L., Nakash, O. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Becoming Enthusiastic About Learning for the First Time as a Child
In this study, a qualitative method of research was used to study how students experience becoming enthusiastic about the learning process for the first time as a child. The objective of the study was to explicate the student’s perspective and articulate it as a coherent structural whole. Six students (ages 17-22 years) provided descriptions of becoming enthusiastic about education for the first time as a child that were analyzed using a phenomenological style of analysis. The focus of the study was the qualitative significance of becoming enthusiastic about learning as lived by the students themselves. The results w...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - June 2, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: DeRobertis, E. M. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Flow and Emotional Experience in Spirituality: Differences in Interactive and Coactive Collective Rituals
This study seeks to compare flow and emotional experience in interactive and coactive collective rituals. For such purpose, a correlational study was performed collecting self-report measures of flow, positive emotions, and social identity in three different social collective gatherings: the Sunday celebration of a Catholic mass (N = 57), a Zen Buddhist meditation practice (N = 50), and secular Sunday group activities (N = 37). Results show the presence of flow in all three contexts, being higher in the interactive social situations (the Catholic mass and other Sunday group activities) than in the coactive one (the Zen med...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - June 2, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Rufi, S., Wlodarczyk, A., Paez, D., Javaloy, F. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Short-Term Existential Psychotherapy in Primary Care: A Quantitative Report
Existential Experimentation is a short-term integrative psychological therapy intervention. It is based on the recent government initiative focusing on recovery and thus integrates central ideas from existential theory, utilizes a phenomenological methodology, and applies considerations of human potential from humanistic psychology to support recovery and aim for well-being. This work explores the outcomes of a systematic application of this approach to working-age adults referred for a psychological intervention for depression and/or anxiety in terms of (a) reducing depression and/or anxiety symptomatology, (b) reducing t...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - June 2, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Rayner, M., Vitali, D. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Traumatic and Mystical Experiences: The Dark Nights of the Soul
This article examines the similarity between the mystical experience and the traumatic experience, the latter involving a fundamental threat to life or bodily integrity. Despite the necessary caution and reservations, there are many similarities between these two kinds of experience. Indeed, the resemblance is not restricted to a phenomenological description but is far more deeply rooted: a result of the subject’s encounter with nothingness. This comparison provides us with an opportunity to improve our understanding of both the traumatic and the mystical experience as well as phenomena such as Posttraumatic Growth a...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - June 2, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Ataria, Y. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

An Exploration of Spirituality and the Traumatizing Experiences of Combat
The complex experiences of combat demand significant levels of adaptation and resilience. An individual’s spirituality may be challenged by these experiences, and as a result, he or she may be left both psychologically and spiritually wounded. Incorporating spirituality into the healing process may help mend the wounds of combat soldiers, especially within an integrative treatment framework. In this article, spirituality and the impact of traumatizing combat experiences are discussed from a cultural perspective, using the experiences of an Israeli soldier as an example. (Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology)
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - June 2, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Gubkin, R. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Becoming "Threshold Researchers" in the Community: Toward a Queering Practice as a Hermeneutic of Love
This article provides a research methodology based in Queer Theory in order to support ethical interpretation within participatory, action, and community-based research. The work defines and explicates a potential relationship between a queering process as a threshold practice and a hermeneutics of love as a research stance. Additionally, this work offers qualitative, phenomenological narrative accounts of queer and threshold experiences that support the theoretical work herein. (Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology)
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - April 14, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Goss, R., McInerney, R. G. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

A Hermeneutics of Love for Community-Based, Participatory Action Research
This article presents a broad humanistic-existential framework in support of community-orientated, participatory action research. Beginning with Pink Floyd’s The Wall as a pedagogic illustration of the aporia of community, three dispositions are offered for the community researcher: communitas, allopathy, and munificence. Each disposition is shown to be supported by particular shared burdens (hospitality, alterity, finitude, and supplementarity) within existence. From this theoretical framework, a model is provided for what is designated as a hermeneutics of love as a research practice in communities. (Source: Journa...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - April 14, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: McInerney, R. G. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Borne Forward Ceaselessly Into Love: A Theory of the Hermeneutics of Love Exemplified by Martin Luther King, Jr.
In this article, I develop a theory of a hermeneutics of love, defined as the act of interpreting with love, through love, and for love, including the intention to take action on behalf of love. Declaring love as my gospel, I begin with the "genesis" of this theory, with how I came to develop it, and I end with the "revelations" that came as I applied this theory in my life and teaching. In between, I utilize a case study of Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement, showing how King was a practitioner par excellence of a hermeneutics of love. King elevated agape, defined as unconditional love for all of hum...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - April 14, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Selig, J. L. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Heart of Humanistic Psychology: Human Dignity Disclosed Through a Hermeneutic of Love
Through a philosophical analysis, guided by phenomenology, humanistic psychology is interpreted as a way of knowing that is guided by an interpretive stance of love. Hermeneutics, the study of interpretation, understands that interpretation is guided by certain moods or dispositions. Agape love, or a good will toward others, is an interpretive stance, or hermeneutic, by which others can be understood through an empathic attitude of charitability, which provides a safe space for the other person to disclose himself or herself. An approach to science and practice, when it is grounded in a hermeneutic of love, can be understo...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - April 14, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Robbins, B. D. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Introduction to Special Issue on Community Psychology and the Hermeneutics of Love
In this introduction to the special issue on humanistic community psychology and the hermeneutics of love, a context is provided for the emergence of a community psychology founded on a hermeneutics love. The origins of the concept are traced to the development of a humanistic community psychology program at Point Park University. The introduction also provides a basic overview of hermeneutics and its relevance and importance for humanistic psychology, especially as informed by the phenomenological and existential tradition of continental philosophy. The hermeneutics of love is shown to be especially indebted to Paul Ricoe...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - April 14, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Robbins, B. D. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Horsing Around: Gestalt Equine Psychotherapy as Humanistic Play Therapy
This article explores how the key concepts within Gestalt Equine Psychotherapy (GEP) and Humanistic Play Therapy (HPT) can be compatible modalities for working with children. The connections between GEP and HPT can be seen in their philosophical framework of viewing the self as an embodied, relational process, and the belief in the importance of play and experimentation within the therapeutic encounter. Both approaches emphasize the importance of the therapeutic relationship and trust that the child is able to self-direct his or her own growth and learning. Both GEP and HPT can draw from neuroscience research to provide ev...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - February 10, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Lac, V. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Therapeutic Relationship as a Change Agent in Psychotherapy: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
The study qualitatively explored the clients’ and their psychotherapists’ perspectives on the mutative role of therapeutic relationship. The sample was composed of 13 psychotherapist participants from four professional backgrounds, namely, psychoanalysts, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists trained in psychotherapy, and trained psychotherapists not belonging to the above three categories, as well as 16 clients who have successfully completed individual psychotherapy with any one of these 13 psychotherapists in a city in India. Semistructured interviews conducted separately with the client–psychotherapis...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - February 10, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Banerjee, P., Basu, J. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Therapeutic Effects Upon Dog Owners Who Interact With Their Dogs in a Mindful Way
This case study describes the experiences of three individuals who participated in a training program that taught them to work with their dogs in a mindful manner. That is to say, in a way that would help them intentionally pay attention in an open, accepting, and curious way, to the needs, body language, responses, and reactions of their dogs. The ways in which these external experiences led to an awareness of their internal experience are also discussed. The results suggest that this method not only positively influenced the relationship these women had with their dogs, but also enhanced their relationship with others an...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - February 10, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jackson-Grossblat, A., Carbonell, N., Waite, D. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Synthesis of Meaning: Negative and Positive Change in Family Members Following the Adversity of Dementia
This study highlights that although often fraught with distress, positive aspects of the dementia journey are possible and offer opportunity for psychological growth and well-being. (Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology)
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - February 10, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Walmsley, B. D., McCormack, L. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

"How Am I Not Myself?" Despair in Sickness Unto Death as Misguided Attempts Toward Self-Actualization
This article is an attempt at a creative exegesis of Kierkegaard’s diagnosis of despair in Sickness Unto Death, that is, the overextension of the self into one side of the polarities of personality that should be a synthesis: infinity, finitude, and possibility–necessity are explored. For each instance of despair, I provide concrete examples of how this type of despair manifests itself in everyday life and in our current cultural context. Finally, the role of faith, as a means to curb despair and allow the self to actualize, is discussed over against the attempt to assert the self as an act of defiance. (Source...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - February 10, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Oaks, C. L. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The American Psychological Association and the Hoffman Report
Based on findings documented in the Independent Review Relating to APA Ethics Guidelines, National Security Investigations, and Torture, more commonly known as the Hoffman report, this guest editorial describes how the American Psychological Association (APA) colluded with the Department of Defense during the Bush administration to provide ethical cover for the Department of Defense’s interrogation program and for psychologists working in the program. Describing the actions of APA as "one of the greatest ethical breaches in the history of psychology," the article discusses APA’s offenses, what has been done abo...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - February 10, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Elkins, D. N. Tags: Invited Commentary Source Type: research

Field Attunement for a Strong Therapeutic Alliance: A Perspective From Relational Gestalt Psychotherapy
This article addresses the basis for the centrality of the therapeutic relationship in effective therapeutic outcomes, especially as distinct from technique, which prevails in the 21st-century Australian mental health context as a focus in determining what constitutes evidence-based practice. Presence-oriented therapeutic approaches infer an intersubjective field within which transformative enquiry can occur. This forms the basis of the article’s exploration of the function of the phenomenon of the "field" for intersubjective therapeutic relationship and its relationship to Levinas’ "third" as the basis for tra...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - December 10, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Day, E. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Humanizing the Racialized Self
The aim of this article is to address axioms of humanistic psychology, such as individual meaning-making and authentic personal power, as they are relatable to the experiences of Blacks and other People of Color. The effects of racialization generally preclude these groups of individuals from fully partaking in the entitlements that many Whites inherit at birth. As such, the author suggests a new manner of conceptualizing existentialism and humanistic psychology for the racialized self. The author presents many of the ideological issues in humanistic psychology that could be reconsidered for a deeper relevance to People of...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - December 10, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Lemberger-Truelove, T. L. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Caring for a Man Who Sexually Abused Children
Child sex abuse is a serious health concern, involving considerable pain, suffering, and hurt for victims and their families, as well as generating public interest and scrutiny. Such abuse damages, weakens, but perhaps surprisingly does not necessarily sever all family ties. In this article, people from familial networks within which child sexual abuse has occurred recount their experiences of extending compassion and support to a man who has sexually abused children. Crucially, the supporters acknowledge the gravity of child sex abuse and their stories emphasize the need to ensure the safety of the victims of abuse and ot...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - December 10, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Young-Hauser, A. M., Hodgetts, D., Coleborne, C. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

A Humanistic Approach to Problematic Online Sexual Behavior
Problematic Internet use for sexual activity is often explained by some combination of unique features of the Internet and user characteristics. Disease models of addiction are also often used. Experiential personal construct psychology offers an alternative, humanistic, nondisease diagnostic conceptualization of problematic online sexual activity. A detailed case example demonstrates an experiential personal construct psychology conceptualization. The article concludes with reflective comments provided by the client described in the case example. (Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology)
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - December 10, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Thomas, J. C. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Alvin R. Mahrer, PhD
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Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - September 15, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Kleinplatz, P. J. Tags: In Memoriam Source Type: research

Mentoring Person-Centered Spiritual Maturation: A Quasi-Experimental Mixed Methods Study of a Contemplative Self-Inquiry Curriculum
This article reports the effectiveness of a curriculum to mentor this learning process in higher education. We conducted a quasi-experimental, mixed methods study (triangulated qualitative and quantitative data) with experimental and control groups. Qualitative analysis (written student narratives, experimental group) documented five dimensions of growth (behavioral, cognitive, social–emotional, contemplative, and integrative) that culminated in a resilient worldview and prosocial behavior. Statistical analysis (experimental and control groups, pre–post intervention) confirmed these findings, demonstrating sign...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - September 15, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Kass, J. D., Baxter, J., Lennox, S. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Existential Psychotherapy With a Person Who Lives With a Left Ventricular Assist Device and Awaits Heart Transplantation: A Case Report
This is a case report about long-term existential psychotherapy with a person who lived with a ventricular assist device after a fulminant heart attack and who awaited heart transplantation. The therapeutic relationship lasted over 2.5 years with over 120 therapy sessions in total. The frequency of meetings was flexible. Most meetings took place in the therapy office at the hospital, with 50 minutes per session on a weekly basis. In the acute care phase and in a subsequent crisis, this frequency was increased to daily meetings in the inpatient unit. Using heuristic inquiry as a methodological approach, a co-constructed cas...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - September 15, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Schulz, C. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Must Out of Sight Mean Out of Mind? Levinas, Language, and the Schizophrenic Other
Levinas reminds therapists that the loss of words suffered by schizophrenic patients is not mere silence. It is also isolation. If a patient lives in a world for which there are no words, then it is difficult to relate across distance that separates human beings. Sometimes the best a schizophrenic patient can do is present amorphous fragments to a therapist. Instead of concentrating solely on the forms of the words themselves, a therapist should also explore expressed meaning. All words reveal and conceal this meaning, but some words conceal more than others, especially if they are very general. Even now, mainstream psycho...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - September 15, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Fetters, A. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

My Journey With Kierkegaard: From the Paradoxical Self to the Polarized Mind
This article is adapted from an invited address sponsored by European Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Soren Kierkegaard’s birth. In this article, I show how Kierkegaard’s philosophy—in particular that depicted in Fear and Trembling and the Sickness Unto Death—runs through each of my major books on existential psychology and practice, from The Paradoxical Self to my latest work The Polarized Mind. I conclude that Kierkegaard, like William James succeeding him, is one of those rare philosophers who is likely to have as much impact on philosophy an...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - September 15, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Schneider, K. J. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Double: Manifestations of Pathology and a Deluded Self
This article explores the psychological and literary aspects of the Der Doppelgänger, The Double. A Double is related to the concept of multiple personality. Such mental conditions are classified as instances of dissociation. However, a much earlier history of a Double exists in literature rather than in psychology. In the literary past, a "Double-Personality" embodied the creative imagination of writers. Aspects of this condition have been reported in all cultures. In some societies a "Double-Personality" is thought to manifest great power whereas in others it represents illness. After Freud, writers fostered psychoa...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - September 15, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Stone, M. H. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Assessing Spiritual Crises: Peeling Off Another Layer of a Seemingly Endless Onion
What feels like spiritual experience to believers could seem like psychosis, a break from reality, to another. Validating measures that discriminate spiritual experiences from psychopathology reduce iatrogenic effects of misdiagnosis. We tested the reliability and validity of the Spiritual Emergency Scale (SES), assessing internal consistency, test–retest reliability, structural, convergent, and divergent validity. The reliability and validity of the Experiences of Psychotic Symptoms Scale (EPSS) were tested to explore potential convergent and divergent relationships between SE and psychosis. Feedback from a spiritua...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - June 17, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Bronn, G., McIlwain, D. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

A Neuroscientific Renaissance of Humanistic Psychology
Advances in cognitive neuroscience are creating a significant theoretical rapprochement between neuroscience and humanistic psychology. Since the decade of the brain, there has been a steady increase in neuroscientific research on characteristically humanistic topics such as selfhood, choice, and collaborative meaning making. Moreover, the fundamental postulates of humanistic psychology are playing a central role in a host of contemporary viewpoints within neuroscience. As a result, neuroscience is paving the way for a renewed appreciation of humanistic psychology. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of t...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - June 17, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: DeRobertis, E. M. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Will the Real Scientists Please Stand Up? Taboo Topics, Creative Risk, and Paradigm Shift
The "real scientist" brings not only investigative ingenuity but also courage and integrity that permit a challenging of the status quo. Here, three issues and their relationship are considered: (a) Taboo Topics as per Norman Farberow’s 1963 book, where conscious/unconscious fears and prohibitions can hinder scientific progress, (b) creative qualities catalyzing open-mindedness and pursuit of truth, and (c) factors heightening or lowering resistance to paradigm shift as per Thomas Kuhn—including sudden change when the data become overwhelming. A key illustration involves parapsychology and the work of Stanley K...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - June 17, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Richards, R. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Questioning the Unquestionability of the Expert's Perspective in Psychology
Psychology’s infatuation with precision, objectivity, universality, refutability, and verifiability brought about a focus on the legitimacy of the perspective of the knower namely the expert who, at the center of discourse of power, could collect and analyze the data and then embark on generalizing the information for the sake of generative theories. The article argues that mainstream psychology has mainly acted from the perspective of the observer and not perspective of the actor and this has largely silenced the reality of the actor. While focusing on the underlying components of the perspective of the expert, the ...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - June 17, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Fatemi, S. M. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

From Reliving to Relieving: Using Embodied Imagination to Help Veterans Move Forward
Embodied Imagination (EI) is a psychotherapeutic technique in which a dream or memory environment is reexperienced in a hypnagogic state as a composite of its many perspectives simultaneously. While this method has been employed by mental health professionals to treat trauma survivors, there is scant documentation of its use with combat veterans. This case study focuses on the role of EI in helping a high-ranking Marine work through the stressful memories of war and the indecisiveness that marked his civilian life. Only in the last 6 months of his 2-year treatment could he reveal the recurring intrusive memory and nightmar...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - February 23, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: White, J. L. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Multiple Victimization and Social Exclusion: A Grounded Analysis of the Life Stories of Women
This work explores life stories of socially excluded women who experienced multiple victimization. It seeks to understand the existential dimension of victimization experience, particularly how victims integrate their victimization experiences in their meaning or sense that they give to their existence and their lives. The study included 12 participants who suffered multiple victimization and who were in a situation of social exclusion. Individual interviews were conducted about their life stories, adapted from McAdams interview. The qualitative methodology used was grounded analysis. The results highlighted the focus of t...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - February 23, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Matos, M., Conde, R., Goncalves, R., Santos, A. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Role of Hardiness in Decreasing Stress and Suicidal Ideation in a Sample of Undergraduate Students
Suicide is a serious and growing public health problem, and it remains a serious cause of death in the world; therefore, it is essential to increase our knowledge concerning the etiology of suicide among undergraduate students. Previous studies have shown that perceived stress increases vulnerability to suicidal ideation. However, factors that may explain the association have not been studied empirically. A cross-sectional study was conducted to examine hardiness as a potential mediator between perceived stress and suicidal ideation among undergraduate students. The participants comprised 500 undergraduate students from Ma...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - February 23, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Abdollahi, A., Abu Talib, M., Yaacob, S. N., Ismail, Z. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Systematic Review of Existential Anxiety Instruments
This article is the first to review instruments measuring EA in a comprehensive way, that is, by covering several existential themes. Such instruments might be useful to gain insight in the interrelatedness of the aspects of EA, and application in clinical practice. Four models of EA were reviewed and compared resulting in a working definition. This definition was used to develop a search strategy that, after an initial screening, yielded 532 potentially relevant articles. A total of 78 instruments were identified, most of them measuring death anxiety. Five instruments were included that had a comprehensive perspective on ...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - February 23, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: van Bruggen, V., Vos, J., Westerhof, G., Bohlmeijer, E., Glas, G. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Vicarious Resilience, Vicarious Trauma, and Awareness of Equity in Trauma Work
This qualitative study examines the coexistence of vicarious resilience and vicarious trauma and explores the inclusion of intersectional identities in trauma work with torture survivors in specialized programs across the United States. A constructionist framework and a method of constant comparison discovered themes that speak about the effects of witnessing how clients cope constructively with adversity, and intersectional identities in social context. The data suggest that trauma therapists can be potentially transformed by their clients’ resilience in positive, but not painless, ways. Choosing to work in the trau...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - February 23, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Hernandez-Wolfe, P., Killian, K., Engstrom, D., Gangsei, D. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Features of Posttraumatic Growth Among Victims of the Northern Irish "Troubles": Is It Possible? A Case Study Analysis
In order to examine for features of posttraumatic growth, this preliminary and exploratory study adopted a case study method with three individuals who had endured a traumatic event, as a consequence of the political violence in Northern Ireland. Most of the extant research carried on this topic has focused on the pathogenic effects that result from the conflict. Little is known about whether growth following political adversity in Northern Ireland has occurred or even likely, given the ongoing political violence, which serves as a constant reminder of what has happened before and what may still occur, regardless of the pe...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - February 23, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Simms, J. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

A Tribute to Arthur Warmoth, PhD
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Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - November 20, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Criswell, E., Merrill, C. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

In Memorium: Mentor, Friend, "Father" Mark Stern
This article is a slightly adapted eulogy I was invited to deliver on behalf of my dear friend and mentor, Mark Stern, who died on March 11, 2014. It was delivered on March 22, 2014, at St. Paul’s of the Apostles Chapel, 415 W. 59th St., New York City. (Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology)
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - November 20, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Schneider, K. J. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Enlightened Governance: Tributes to California State Senator John B. Vasconcello May 1932-May 2014
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Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - November 20, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: O'Hara, M., Abzug, R. H., Barfield, G. L., and Others Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Ultimate Resistance
Although resistance takes many forms, this article elucidates the primary source of resistance in psychotherapy as well as the fundamental resistance to leading a fulfilling life. The ultimate resistance to change, in both cases, originates in the anticipatory fear of arousing existential angst. To varying degrees, most individuals retreat from life and adopt defense mechanisms in an attempt to avoid reawakening suppressed feelings of terror and dread they experienced as children in early separation experiences, and, in particular, when they first learned about death. As clients dismantle their defenses during therapy and ...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - November 20, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Firestone, R. W. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Person-Centered Spiritual Maturation: A Multidimensional Model
Person-centered spiritual maturation has conceptual and historical roots in my work with Carl Rogers, as a staff member of the Person-Centered Approach Project. It is a person-specific process of psychospiritual development that can be mentored in communities where belief systems and cultural identities are diverse. It enables individuals to deepen engagement with contemplative practices from spiritual traditions that hold personal salience, while building inclusive, respectful communities. This multidimensional model emerges from three decades mentoring person-centered spiritual maturation with university students in the ...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - November 20, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Kass, J. D. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Poetics of Parent-Son Encounters Following Negative Parental Reactions to the Disclosure of Gay Identity
The disclosure of gay identity is considered an important step in the process of gay identity development. However, disclosure—especially to parents—is stressful for sexual minority individuals. Research suggests that most parents respond negatively to the news of their son’s gay identity, and that such negative reactions pose significant risks to that child’s well-being. In this article, the author presents selected findings from his dissertation research, a poetic inquiry into the lived experience of facing negative parental reactions to the disclosure of gay identity. The article begins with a re...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - November 20, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Machado, S. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Reclaiming Instinct: Exploring the Phylogenetic Unfolding of Animate Being
This article explores the historical circumstances that led to the rejection of the concept of human instinct. It then turns a critical eye to a number of presuppositions that continue to equate instinct with preprogrammed genetic mechanisms. An expanded and holistic understanding of instinctual life that includes the subjective reality of the organism is then explored. It is suggested that such an expanded account may be a valuable and necessary theoretical tool for broadening our understanding of human psychology as intimately connected to its evolutionary past. (Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology)
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - November 20, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Malkemus, S. A. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Travel as Qualitative Method: Travel in Psychology's History and in Medard Boss' Sojourn to India
This article details the history, possibility, limits, and ethics of cross-cultural travel as a qualitative method in psychology. The article provides a brief overview of the ambiguous relationship between psychology and culture and develops an account of the history of travel methods in psychology. It then analyzes an exemplary case of travel research involving Medard Boss’ sojourn to India and his encounters with Indian sages. This article argues that the history of psychology is, in many ways, a history of the exiled, the dispossessed, and the traveler (e.g., Freud, Fromm, Fanon, Jahoda, Rogers, Jung, and others)....
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - September 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Desai, M. U. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Fostering Community: Explicating Commonalities Between Counseling Psychology and Humanistic Psychology
This article focuses on three specific common characteristics: strength-based approaches, qualitative methodology, and multiculturalism. In contrast with the prominence of the medical model, both domains work from a holistic understanding of the person. Additionally, most of the development and progress within qualitative research methodologies has taken place in counseling and humanistic psychology. Third, these areas of psychology value culture, context, and members of underrepresented groups. Finally, suggestions are provided for future communication and collaboration. (Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology)
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - September 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Miller, A. D., Nash, T., Fetty, D. G. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

"There Needs to be a Place in Society for Madness": The Psychiatric Survivor Movement and New Directions in Mental Health Care
This article focuses on one of the survivor-therapist’s experiences, and I explore the broader clinical implications for both survivors and mental health professionals and next steps for developing viable alternatives to the traditional system. (Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology)
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - September 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Adame, A. L. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Lived Experience of Gratitude
Conclusions point to (a) the need for an expanded definition of the transactional nature of gratitude that accounts for the affective range of emotional experience, (b) the intentionality of gratitude focused on a transpersonal "other," (c) the frequency and characteristics of the occurrence of an overwhelming emotional experience of gratitude associated with awe, and (d) the potential impact of gratitude on relational boundaries between self and other. (Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology)
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - September 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Hlava, P., Elfers, J. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Death Anxiety and the Relational
This article introduces death anxiety experiments and theories (mostly contributions of Terror Management Theory) that have more recently demonstrated the buffering and mitigating potential of close relationships on an individual’s death fears. Additionally, this article illuminates the significance of the close relationship, which is a commonly accepted psychotherapeutic agent of change and also, paradoxically, produces death fears. The article concludes by suggesting that death anxiety plays a dominant role in the socially constructed mind and should therefore play a prevalent role in clinical depth work. (Source: ...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - September 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Vance, L. M. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

When Health Is an Attitudinal Matter: A Qualitative Research
Health and illness are complex constructs for which a biomedical approach alone is insufficient. The purpose of the present study was to explore how personal attitudes toward health and illness affect health experience. By adopting a constructivist perspective, we carried out individual semistructured interviews with 15 persons enrolled in a yoga class in northern Italy. We analyzed the interview data using interpretative phenomenological analysis and found that participants’ attitudes toward health and wellness were linked to their experiences and perceptions of health and illness, their somatic awareness, and their...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - September 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Cipolletta, S., Consolaro, F., Horvath, P. Tags: Articles Source Type: research