Carl Rogers And Abraham Maslow And Humanistic Psychology : The Quest For Happiness

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The quest for happiness is not unique to any subset of gender, generation or population. For most, it is a path sought from the earliest age. It is not uncommon for a journey to find happiness to take individuals on a path that involves, relocation, travel to distant lands, interaction with other individuals and oftentimes, heartbreak. Sadly, the latter result is attributed to an individual’s hinge on attaining happiness through a relationship with another individual. Through application of the humanistic approach in personality psychology, it becomes clear that happiness is very much a realistic possibility for every individual if, certain elements are realized. As presented in Personality (9th Ed.), the humanistic approach to psychology places emphasis on personal responsibility, living in the present also known as the “here and now,” focus on an individual’s experience and lastly, personal growth (Burger, 2014). Humanistic psychology is referred to as the third force in psychology, the first two being psychoanalysis and behaviorism (“Lecture 5,” 2017). Discussed in this paper, will be the approach and perspective of renowned humanistic theorists Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow, as well as existential psychology, which relates to one’s purpose of existence, as theorized by Victor Frankl and how such research can be applied to the present.
In Maslow’s article, Psychological data and human values, published in 1962, he presented that while studies of physically and

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