E H Theory : Psychology Education Is Predominantly Given Based On Cognitive Behavioral Orientation

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For the first time, about ten years ago, I was introduced to Existential –Humanistic (E-H) psychology in my undergrad school in which psychology education is predominantly given based on cognitive behavioral orientation. However, many years after my graduation I read a book regarding E-H theory which was “The Courage to Create” by Rollo May. It was truly impressive and open minding book, since the way Rollo May addressed to issues was distinctive, holistic and rational. I simply grasped what Rollo May means, because the book perfectly fit in my life and respond to my questions. For example May (1975) said, “closeness requires courage, because risk is inevitable” (my translation from Turkish). In my twenties, one of my struggles was…show more content…
Consequently, understanding Van Deurzen’s four dimension of existence –physical, social, personal, spiritual- (Cooper, 2003) are crucial to comprehend to human beings in a whole clinical picture.
These four dimensions in question essentially emphasis both “culture” and “self”. Therefore, E-H may facilitate to be a culturally sensitive therapist, since it points out individual and his/her environmental-cultural reality as a whole. In that manner, I also could understand why CBT does not work well in my country. Since problem focused orientation is not precisely part of my culture. In contrast of the observable problem; relationships, emotions and spirituality always come into play in the therapy process. A therapist should pay attention each of these dimensions in order to drive a therapy. In addition, I consider E-H approaches might efficiently be adapted to Non-western cultures as well. For example, some of the criticisms toward E-H are its individualistic stance and freedom of choice concept. It is accurate that these two concepts do not predominantly take place in the East cultures, however, sometimes collectivist cultural structure and social pressure could be so intense on the individuals’ shoulders, and they come to the therapy just to be heard and understood. In this way, only empathic listening, and value their personal beliefs and personality could be useful in the session. Actually this is my observation obtained from my four-year work
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