Four Existential Challenges - and three responses to each
Author: Tom Greening
Tom Greening was a founding scholar of humanistic psychology, and as the long-term editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology was responsible for developing, with James Bugental, its basic precepts:
- Human beings, as human, supersede the sum of their parts. They cannot be reduced to components.
- Human beings have their existence in a uniquely human context, as well as in a cosmic ecology.
- Human beings are aware and aware of being aware – they are conscious. Human consciousness always includes an awareness of oneself in the context of other people.
- Human beings have some choice and, with that, responsibility.
- Human beings are intentional, aim at goals, are aware that they cause future events, and seek meaning, value, and creativity.
Over time, the therapies emerging from these ideas have developed a proven track record of success: in many cases, helping people work through their hopes and fears, their existential needs, and there desire for growth community, is far more effective than quick fixes and drug therapies.
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