Characteristics Of Humanistic Psychology

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Humanistic psychologists believe that an individual 's behaviour is linked to their inner feelings and self-image. Humanistic psychologists study human meanings, understandings, and experiences involved in growing, teaching, and learning (Berzoff, 2011). They highlight characteristics that are shared by all human beings such as love, grief, caring, and self-worth. Humanistic psychologists study how people are subjective by their self-perceptions and the personal meanings attached to their experiences. According to Glassman and Hadad, (2013) Humanistic psychologists are not mainly concerned with instinctual drives, responses to external stimuli, or past experiences. Rather, they reflect on the person’s conscious choices, responses to internal needs and current environments to be important in shaping human behaviour (Glassman and Hadad, 2013). In social care a Humanistic approach would look at the whole family dynamics. Psychodynamic explains the personality in terms of conscious and unconscious forces, such as unconscious desires and beliefs. Psychodynamic approach believe that childhood experiences shape people personalities today (Glassman and Hadad, 2013). Psychodynamic approach develops insight into nature and origins of conflicts that occurred in the person’s early development. Psychodynamic treatment would be Interpersonal therapy to help their clients through depression. In relation to social care this approach would help people dealing with anxiety (Berzoff, 2011).
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