WHAT IS THE HUMANISTIC THERAPY IN MENTAL HEALTH?
Humanistic therapy is based upon an interactive
explanation of behaviour (unlike behavioural therapy or psychoanalysis which
are based on a developmental approach to behaviour).
explanation of behaviour emphasises influencers from the past or present
behaviour, for example, genetic history, past environmental influences, past
explanation of behaviour focuses on present trends in the individual’s
life, which together exert influences on their behaviour; for example, present
fears and goals, present environmental conditions.
explanations of behaviour are valid and necessary. Depending upon the
individual’s predicament, one approach may be more appropriate than another.
If we are counselling a newly divorced woman, we may probably tend to explain
her behaviour in terms of present influences such as social isolation and lack
On the other hand: imagine if a friend suffers from
a nervous breakdown “out of the blue”, so to speak. During the last
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