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Humanistic Psychology

Current Trends and Future Prospects

Edited by Richard House, David Kalisch, Jennifer Maidman

© 2018 – Routledge

310 pages

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This book provides a thought-provoking examination of the present state and the future of Humanistic Psychology, showcasing a rich international contributor line-up.

The book addresses head-on the current state of a world in crisis, not only placing the current conjuncture within a wider evolutionary context, but also demonstrating the specifically humanistic-psychological values and practices that can help us to transform and transcend the world’s current challenges. Each chapter looks in depth at a variety of issues: counselling and psychotherapy, creativity and the humanities, post-traumatic stress, and socio-political movements and activism.

The book amply confirms that Humanistic Psychology is as alive, and as innovative and exciting, as it ever has been, and has tremendous relevance to the uncertainties that characterize the unprecedented individual and global challenges of the times. It celebrates the diverse and continuing significance of Humanistic Psychology by providing a robust and reliable roadmap for a new generation of counsellors and psychotherapists. In these richly diverse chapters will be found inspiration, pockets of resistance, mature critical reflexivity and much much more - a book accurately reflecting our present situation, and which is an invaluable addition to the psychology literature.


"Readers will find in these very diverse chapters inspiration and encouragement, pockets of resistance and instances of abdication: the book accurately reflects our present situation and is invaluable for that reason"

Manu Bazzano, psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice, primary tutor at Metanoia Institute, London, and visiting lecturer at the University of Roehampton.

"Humanistic Psychology: Current Trends and Future Prospects provides its readers with a masterful overview of Humanistic Psychology. Among its contributors are many of the key theorists and practitioners affiliated with the humanistic movement. Just as importantly, however, readers will find a critical thread running throughout the text which, while undoubtedly sympathetic to humanistic psychology's principles and aims, nonetheless urges continual self-challenge in order to maintain the radical visions that are its foundation. All of which makes this a wise and courageous book."

Professor Ernesto Spinelli, ES Associates, London UK.

'This is an absolutely wonderful resource, penned by some of the most influential and respected members of the humanistic field. It shows in vivid terms how the resurgence of humanism is the essential antidote to the increasingly technical and dehumanising provision now dominating our mental health field'.

Dr James Davies, Reader at the University of Roehampton, author of Cracked: Why Psychiatry Is Doing More Harm than Good

Table of Contents

Title page Contents Foreword to the 2nd Edition: Manu Bazzano Foreword to the 1st Edition: Andrew Samuels Acknowledgements List of Contributors Editorial Introduction: Jennifer Maidman, David Kalisch and Richard House

PART I: History and Contexts

02 – Editors’ Introduction

03 – 1. John Rowan and Dina Glouberman: A History and Overview of Humanistic Psychology

04 – 2. Louis Hoffman, Ruth Richards and Steven Pritzker: Creativity in the Evolution of Humanistic Psychology

05 – 3. Colin Feltham: The Past and Future of Humanistic Psychology

06 – 4. Seamus Nash: The Place of Person-centred Counselling in Humanistic Psychology


PART II: Socio-Political-Cultural Perspectives

07 – Editors’ Introduction

08 – 5. Maureen O’Hara: Humanistic Cultural Praxis for an Emerging World

09 – 6. Lois Holzman: The Development Community and Its Activist Psychology

10 – 7. James T. Hansen: Cultivating the Humanities Impulse in Mental Health Culture

11 – 8. David Wasdell: Climate Dynamics: A study in psycho-social analysis

12 – 9. Nick Duffel: Steps to a Politics of Heart


PART III: Current Applications, Tensions, and Possibilities

13 – Editors’ Introduction

14 – 10. Caroline Brazier: Creating Space: A way for Humanistic Psychology

15 – 11. Andy Rogers: Absence and Presence – Carl Rogers in 2013

16 – 12. Katherine McArthur and Mick Cooper: The Future of Humanistic Psychology: Autonomy, relatedness and competence

17 – 13. Harris L. Friedman: Reconciling Humanistic and Positive Psychology: Bridging the cultural rift

18 – 14. Stanley Krippner and Daniel B. Pitchford: Humanistic and Existential Approaches in the Treatment of PTSD

19 – 15. Olivia Merriman-Khanna: Humanistic Psychology, Trauma Studies and Post-Traumatic Growth

20 – 16. Alexandra Chalfont: An Accidental Affiliation


PART IV: Future Prospects – Existential, Transpersonal, Postmodern

21 – Editors’ Introduction

22 – 17. Dina Glouberman: Humanistic Psychology: How it was and how it may be

23 – 18. Kirk J. Schneider: Humanistic Psychology’s Chief Task: To reset psychology on its rightful existential-humanistic base

24 – 19. John Rowan: Directions for Humanistic Psychology

25 – 20. Keith Tudor: From Humanism to Humanistic Psychology and Back Again

26 – 21. Robin Shohet: On the Future of Humanistic Psychology: Possible avenues for exploration

27 – 22. Windy Dryden: Humanistic Psychology: Possible ways forward

28 – 23. Gaie Houston: 'Gestalt in a Changing World'

29 – 24. Peter Hawkins: Whither the Humanistic Psychology Movement?

30 – 25. John Heron: Humanism: The fourth wave

31 – 26. Jill Hall: Humanistic Psychology and the Evolution of Consciousness


32 – Editorial Conclusion: Richard House, David Kalisch and Jennifer Maidman


About the Editors

Richard House, Ph.D., C.Psychol. is a Chartered Psychologist, an educational consultant, a political activist, and long-time campaigner on childhood issues and Steiner education. Formerly senior lecturer in psychotherapy (Roehampton University) and education studies (Winchester), a counsellor-psychotherapist and editor of Self & Society journal, his eleven previous books include Therapy Beyond Modernity (2003) and Too Much, Too Soon? – Early Learning and the Erosion of Childhood (2011).

David Kalisch, MA (Cantab), UKCP, UKAHPP (Aff. Memb.) is a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer with nearly 30 years’ experience in gestalt, humanistic and core process therapies. David has been co-editor of Self & Society journal since 2011, and co-edited (along with Richard House and Jennifer Maidman) The Future of Humanistic Psychology (2013). He is Director of CHPC Training.

Jennifer Maidman, (Dip Couns, MBACP) is a British musician, singer, producer, and songwriter who has worked extensively with many well-known groups and artists, including Paul Brady, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raiit, Mark Knopfler, Robert Wyatt and Annie Whitehead. She was a key member of the Penguin Café Orchestra. She also trained as a humanistic counsellor with Noreen Emmans and Jimmy McGhee, and has written for Therapy Today, Asylum, and Self and Society. She co-edited The Future of Humanistic Psychology (PCCS, 2013) with Richard House and David Kalisch.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Humanism