Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychologies Comparison Essay by hicaliber

Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychologies
A comparison of existential-humanistic psychology with transpersonal psychology.
# 95917 | 1,163 words | 8 sources | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Jun 04, 2007 in English (Comparison) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper compares and contrasts the roots and goals of existential-humanistic psychology and transpersonal psychology. The author describes why the theories are fundamentally different, by illustrating the basic principles of each outlook. The historic roots of each theory are described. The author concludes that a belief that people are afraid of non-existence in existential psychology contrasts with the goals that transpersonal psychologies seek in their states of "collective unconscious" or deep meditation, where one transcends the earthly, human body and moves into a state of uniting with the entire universe.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cortright, B. (1997). Psychotherapy and spirit: Theory and practice in transpersonal psychology. New York: State University of New York Press.
  • Daniels, M. (2005). Shadow, self, spirit: Essays in transpersonal psychology. Charlottesville, VA: Imprint Academic.
  • May, R. (1969) Love and Will, New York: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc.
  • Sartre, J. P. (1956). Being and nothingness (H. E. Barnes, Trans.). New York: Washington Square Press.
  • Sartre, J. P. (1965). Essays in existentialism (W. Baskin, Ed. & Trans.). New York: Citadel Press.

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