What is humanistic Psychology?
This approach or viewpoint in psychology began during the 1950s with the work of Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow. The main principle of this approach to studying humans is the idea that the person is continuously growing, changing, and trying to reach their full potential. Humanistic psychologists focus on self-direction, free will, and the ability of the person to make choices freely, as being the most significant characteristics of the person. Humanistic psychologists believe, therefore, that we each have the potential to become a better human being and accomplish a higher level of functioning. Abraham Maslow (1908–1970) is seen as the founder of humanistic psychology; that is, he developed it into a formal branch of psychology.