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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

From an Epistemology of Faith to Everyday Understanding: Reflections on Kierkegaard, Rosenzweig, and Clinical Practice
Practitioners of psychotherapy often find themselves in clinical situations that challenge their ability to maintain both empathy and "charitable skepticism" toward clients’ narratives. The author approaches this question of clinical credulity through a comparison of the religious philosophies of Søren Kierkegaard and Franz Rosenzweig. Kierkegaard’s Philosophical Fragments is read as advocating a necessary and provisional "leap of faith" when confronting such clinical aporias. This reading of Kierkegaard is then contrasted to Rosenzweig’s recommendations in his clinical allegory, Understanding the ...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - May 22, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Pittenger, F. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Cultural Understanding and Personal Growth Through Taekwondo as Cross-Cultural Activity
This study also provided evidence of the role of recreation activities in positive cross-cultural contacts and interactions. (Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology)
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - May 22, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Kim, J., Heo, J., King, C., Kim, S. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Psychological Growth in Aging Vietnam Veterans: Redefining Shame and Betrayal
This study offers alternative interpretations of war-related distress embedded within the social and political context of the Vietnam War. Subjective interpretations from aging Vietnam veterans were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. A central theme—Moral authenticity: Overcoming the betrayal and shame of war—overarched five subordinate themes. Four subordinate themes encapsulated layers of war-related betrayal associated with shame. Shame was likely to be described as either (a) internal/sense of personal failure, with no acts of rage; or (b) external/reckless or threatening acts of other...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - May 22, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: McCormack, L., Joseph, S. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Pathways From Personality to Happiness: Sense of Uniqueness as a Mediator
Personal sense of uniqueness, a major construct in humanistic psychology, has been recently shown to be a robust correlate of happiness. Yet the antecedents of this experience are not known. To address this limitation, we focused on extraversion and openness to experience, the two traits referred to as plasticity in higher-order framework of personality, as predictors of uniqueness and happiness. In light of theory and past empirical research, we proposed that the two traits representing plasticity would promote a sense of uniqueness, which in turn influence happiness. This model was tested in a college sample (N = 370) by...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - May 22, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Koydemir, S., Şimşek, O. F., Demir, M. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Evaluating the Phenomenological Approach to Empathy Training
The purpose of this article is to report on a study that attempted to qualitatively evaluate the phenomenological approach to empathy training. A descriptive phenomenological psychological method was used to explicate the lived applied meaning of the training. The result disclosed a general structure of the phenomenon, composed of the following five constituents: (a) a serious context in which one is encountering the other who is emotionally distressed about something, (b) directing one’s lived presence to the other’s meaning-expression, (c) a shift in emotional context, (d) novelty of approach toward interpers...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - May 22, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Englander, M., Folkesson, A. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Experiential Psychotherapy of Unification: Classical and Modern Humanistic Psychology
Being a psychotherapist trained in experiential psychotherapy of unification, I can say that one has to live it to properly understand it, because it is about living and not only about understanding. But an introduction is necessary, and this is the purpose of this article: to make a presentation for psychologists from other countries. Another purpose is to make known how important concepts of humanistic psychology have been integrated, assimilated, and developed by a section of Romanian psychologists. In a few words, experiential psychotherapy of unification is mainly about creativity, authenticity, and a co-actualization...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - May 22, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Răban-Motounu, N. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Developing Sensitivity: A Qualitative Study on the Inner Development of Etty Hillesum
This article presents the results of a qualitative case study on the diaries of Etty Hillesum. The focus of this investigation is on the way her inner development leads to increased sensitivity. This research revealed that Etty’s inner development is characterized by a transformation from great opacity to transparency in three phases. Whereas she is at first lost in inner chaos, she shows an impressive serenity and inner peace at the end of her writings. It is argued that in each of the three phases, Etty adapts her strategies to the new challenges she has to face in life. The main processes involved here are "mental...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - May 22, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Bosma, H. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

An Empirical Investigation of Viktor Frankl's Logotherapeutic Model
The purpose of this study was to investigate the logotherapeutic model as described by Frankl that explains the relationships among the search for meaning in life, the presence of meaning in life, existential vacuum, existential frustration, noogenic neurosis, will-to-power, and will-to-pleasure. A sample of college students from a large Mid-Atlantic university (N = 750) completed paper-and-pencil instruments for the variables. Structural equation modeling was used to test and compare four competing alternative models of the relationships among the aforementioned constructs. Two models exhibited excellent fit, one model go...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - February 21, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Joshi, C., Marszalek, J. M., Berkel, L. A., Hinshaw, A. B. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Personal Transformation: Posttraumatic Growth and Gerotranscendence
This article connects two rich but distinct literatures on personal transformation and well-being that can benefit from cross-fertilization. It explores the intersection of posttraumatic growth (PTG), a model of positive changes following traumatic events, and gerotranscendence, a theory of positive changes related to aging. The two conceptualizations of positive change are compared on multiple dimensions. These include the philosophical base, domains, trigger, mechanism, and correlates of change, as well as the connection of change with wisdom and life satisfaction. The analysis reveals many similarities between the two p...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - February 21, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Weiss, T. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Facing Invisible Dragons: An East-West Discussion on Finding Meaning With a Sibling With Developmental Disability
This article was part of the authors’ submission for their presentation at the Second International Conference on Existential Psychology in Shanghai, China. (Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology)
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - February 21, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Rohde-Brown, J., Frain, B. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

A Phenomenological Psychological Study of the Police Officer's Lived Experience of the Use of Deadly Force
A police officer is sometimes required to literally make a potentially life or death decision and act on it under rapidly evolving and dynamic circumstances involving a variety of mental, physical, and emotional aspects of the deadly force experience. Because the act of using deadly force is so personally influencing, the descriptive phenomenological psychological method was used in this study to provide a qualitative, holistic, and personal viewpoint from the officers’ perspective in their lived experiences. Three city police officers were interviewed and each gave a descriptive account of their experiences with dea...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - February 21, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Broome, R. E. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Don't Fall Into Those Stereotype Traps: Women and the Feminine in Existential Therapy
The current work examines some notable women in existential psychology, with a discussion of their contributions to the field and how they incorporated the work of previous existential philosophers and clinicians. The analyses are based on their own writings, dating back to the 1950s, as well as some secondary source material that reviewed their work. What the research reveals is first that there are many more women in the history of existential psychology than most people currently know about—especially from the 1950s and 1960s. Second, the "feminine" version of existential psychology really stresses the emphasis on...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - February 21, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Kass, S. A. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Adventure Racing: The Experiences of Participants in the Everglades Challenge
There has been little research devoted to understanding the sporting experience of Adventure Racing (AR) participants. Given the possible psychological benefits of AR participation, this investigation was undertaken to obtain additional insight into these competitors’ experience of participating in the Everglades Challenge. Existential phenomenological interviews were conducted with 10 participants ranging in age from 34 to 64 years who took part in the 2011 Everglades Challenge. Qualitative analysis of the transcripts revealed a total of 498 meaning units that were further grouped into subthemes, majors themes, and ...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - November 26, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Simpson, D., Post, P. G., Tashman, L. S. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Ernest Becker at Simon Fraser University (1969-1974)
The cultural anthropologist and humanist Ernest Becker spent the final four and a half years of his life at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in British Columbia, Canada. During these years, Becker’s thought and work underwent a profound transformation that resulted in the publication of the Pulitzer Prize–winning book, The Denial of Death, and a highly praised companion book, published posthumously, Escape From Evil. However, surprisingly little has been known about Becker’s final years at SFU. In this biographical essay, based on Becker’s papers and letters, university records and documents, and inter...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - November 26, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Martin, J. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

An Update of Murrayan Needs: A Pilot Study Among American College Students
Much research work on motives has been based on the taxonomy of psychogenic needs originally proposed by Murray and his colleagues in 1938. However, many of these needs have received little attention, and some of them may be less relevant now than they were 70 years ago. Two studies were conducted to investigate current motives. In Study 1, we used the Striving Assessment to elicit the personal strivings of 255 undergraduate university students. Murray’s taxonomy was unable to account for 50% of the 2,937 strivings. These strivings were thematically groups into 11 new categories and combined with 7 Murrayan needs to ...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - November 26, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Xu, X., Mellor, D., Xu, Y., Duan, L. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Advocating Student-Within-Environment: A Humanistic Approach for Therapists to Animate Social Justice in the Schools
The authors present an overview of a therapeutic perspective for school therapists (counselors, psychologists, social workers) based on humanistic and social justice principles called Advocating Student-within-Environment (ASE). An ASE-influenced school therapist is directed by the assumption that the student has to be a participant in any social change that is proffered on that student’s behalf. To operate on this assumption, an ASE school therapist is concerned with maximizing student agency by supporting the development of the student’s regulatory and connectedness skills, while advocating for that student w...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - November 26, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Lemberger, M. E., Hutchison, B. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Do Korean Immigrant Adolescents Experience Stress-Related Growth During Stressful Intergroup Contact and Acculturation?
Asian immigrant adolescents have a difficult time adapting to unfamiliar customs and cultural values as well as interacting with other ethnic groups. During intergroup contacts and acculturation, Asian immigrant adolescents have negative experiences such as discrimination experiences, intergroup anxiety, interracial tension, and limited social support. In spite of such stressful and negative life experiences, some research has shown that individuals may develop the ability to thrive or grow from stressful life events. Using grounded theory, we explored the characteristics of positive psychological changes that occurred as ...
Source: Journal of Humanistic Psychology - November 26, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Kim, J., Suh, W., Heo, J. Tags: Articles Source Type: research