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May 26, 2014


Lee Rudolph
humanistic psychology emphasizes individual fulfillment over social integration

That wasn't true of Carl Rogers's (late-career version of) the "Person-Centered Approach" (in my fairly extensive experience of it from 1977 on, including the famous-at-the-time-in-the-proper-circles debateencounter between him and Maslow at the APH meeting in San Francisco where Maslow was receiving some sort of career-recognition award; in fact, though I recall nothing at all of that encounter, it wouldn't surprise me if some of it involved a discussion of precisely that question of emphases).

Though my connections to humanistic psychology and psychologists have rather withered away in this millenium, as my connections to more traditionally "academic" psychologists and psychology have grown (in their own weird way), I'm still close friends with enough inner-circle Rogerians that I could probably solicit citations (and perhaps comments?) from some, if anyone is interested but isn't in too much of a hurry.

bianca steele

Hi Lee, thanks for the comment. I wanted to look at the book again before replying, but I didn't really get a chance to.

It's too bad you don't remember the debate/encounter (are you sure it was after 1977 and involved Maslow, he died in 1970) because if you did you could write something about it. One thing Grogan's book doesn't have is gripping narrative.

As for Rogers, I think she generally implies that by the 1975 APH conference he'd about had it with humanistic psychology. He was one of those resisting its "growing anti-intellectualism." And she does discuss his differences with Maslow's approach early on--I got the sense she had more sympathy for Rogers--but doesn't say a lot about either of their thought in detail.

I actually knew almost nothing about Rogers before I read the book except that someone (Ted Nelson, I think) compared the computer program Eliza to a nondirective Rogerian therapist.

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