The Third Force Research Paper by Nicky

The Third Force
An overview of the principles behind the third force otherwise known as humanist psychology.
# 149572 | 3,256 words | 13 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 23, 2011 in Psychology (Theory)

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This paper discusses how psychologists have found that a third force fills the void left by earlier approaches to understanding the workings of the human mind in its pursuit of genuine fulfillment and personal happiness. It examines how this third force centers on the unconditional worth of the individual, which guides him in his journey to optimal self-discovery and self-acceptance. But first, he must meet a hierarchy of needs likewise inherent in his body-soul combination, after which he reaches self-actualization. The paper also looks at how the third force, or humanist psychology, has achieved widespread acceptance and application to current-day disciplines.

Vital to Psychotherapy
Prime Movers
The Individual and His Intrinsic Goodness
The Higher Stage of Human Development
Strengths and Weaknesses
The Future of Humanistic Psychology
Summary and Implications

From the Paper:

"Humanistic psychology evolved as the adverse reaction to the unacceptability of
psychodynamic psychology and behaviorism (Moore, 2001; Katz, 2009). Advocates of
the new psychology rejected the psychodynamic view of selfish pursuit as at the base of all human behavior. They also refused the notion that human behavior proceeds from environmental influences, as interpreted by behaviorism. Both concepts placed human behavior at the mercy of outside factors. Humanists argued that human beings possess the innate potential, ability and inclination to fulfill themselves and determine their own destinies. The ultimate goal of humanistic psychology is to help people or patients discover their own potential and achieve it. The two theoretical approaches of the Third Force, or humanistic psychology, are the person-centered approach by Carl Rogers and the self-actualization approach by Abraham Maslow (Moore, Katz).

Sample of Sources Used:

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