Humanistic Theory Practice: A Critical Evaluation

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Critically Evaluate Humanistic Theory Practice Introduction Since the mid-1950s, the humanistic approach has been increasingly utilized by mental health professionals. This is a form of therapy that focuses on a number of qualities inside the person to include: individuality, positive attributes and potential. At the heart of this approach is understanding, how these factors can influence the way the person sees the world around them. Once they begin to embrace these attributes, is when a transformation will occur in how the individual is interacting with everyone. To fully understand this theory there will be an emphasis on the different aspects of this approach and when it is used in a modern day mental health environment. This will be accomplished by looking at the different forms of therapy and which one is the most effective in achieving the clinical objectives of psychologists. Together, these different elements will offer the greatest insights as to the impact of the humanistic theory and practice. (Coon, 2010, pp. 412 414) The Humanistic Theory and its different Forms The humanistic theory believes that the environment and the way that someone reacts to different stimuli will have an impact on who they become as a person. Under this approach, everyone will take the different events and will use these experiences to shape how they feel about themselves (i.e. the conditions of worth). The key for utilizing this theory is to take the stimuli and reshape the
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