Humanistic Psychology

Purpose

This humanistic psychology course was created to introduce the ideologies, epistemologies and practices of humanistic and existential psychologists to my students and my self. We aimed to become aware of the strengths and weaknesses of humanity that propel them to nurture their own psychological development. We recognized that psychology does not only reflect the philosophy and methodology of the natural science, but that too of spiritual science. Furthermore, we sought to become open to the states that human beings respond and are shaped by internal influences, and that construction of realities can be multi-dimensional and predominantly contextual. The life experience set forth by the human being is one of the highest dignity and fails to replicate to the experience of another due to the complexity, uniqueness and illogicality.

Reflection

I am teaching this course for the first time in my career. My students and I created a flowchart of all the humanistic and existential psychologists and recognized that there was one dominant divisive factor. We postulated that human beings were optimistic and saw that life was an adventure (created with or without God) or human beings were pessimistic and saw that life was full of obstacles that were to be overcome. And, Aristotle created the opportunity to approach either of these paths empirically. We embraced this flow that has been set forth centuries ago since it has provided a lens for us to discern that we have taken this reality that we perceive much too seriously, and that science provides the irreproachable answers. We are very grateful for this flexible discipline in illustrating how existence of the mind and soul can take many forms.

Syllabus

This is my syllabus for the course. If you need a copy, please contact me.

Evaluations

Here is the link to the evaluation for this class for Spring 2016. Here is the observation by faculty at the institution.