Examples Of Humanistic Approach

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My friend and I went to Southside Café to begin working our case study on March 2nd, 2018. While walking to the dining hall I had noticed that the majority of people walk and text at the same time and my friend also seemed to notice this. Another observation we both made is that people either walk by themselves or in large groups. When entering the dining hall, we noticed that the majority of people hold the door for the person behind them, even if they are several feet away. Once we got inside we split up to get our food and then reunited to talk about the things we had each noticed when we were apart. I noticed that when the person ahead of someone says, “thank you” to the person that is serving them, the person behind them is far more likely…show more content…
An important thing I learned is that people develop their personality very early in life, and that many factors contribute to their personality type. These environmental factors that contribute to their personality, such as their family, close friends, traumatic experiences and or influences, play a large role in the way they act or behave. When I observed those who do not greet those they talk to or hold the door for the person behind them or say “thank you” I realized that this was an example of the Humanistic Approach. The Humanistic Approach is described as “the basic idea that what determines our behavior and thus the form of human institutions, are the values, beliefs and attitudes shaping our view of ourselves and the world” (Snygg & Combs, 1976) The individuals that do not partake in simple gestures such as these are not intentionally being rude or unthoughtful. They are simply moving toward their future and are innately good deep…show more content…
Research shows that the “social-cognitive theory is an important source of insights for understanding moral functioning” (Lapsley & Narvaez, 2004). This allowed me to understand that those who are engaged in their phones while eating or standing in line are focused on the social influences of those around them because those who were surrounding them were also on their phones. Another explanation for many of the observations I made relate to the Trait Approach. I realized that the people that did not hold the door for the person behind them, were commonly those who were on their phones while waiting for their meal and were also some of the individuals that did not say, “thank you” or engage with those surrounding them. I feel that this is because those who were raised in an environment where things like casual conversation or polite gestures were uncommon and unusual, and it was ingrained into their
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