Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify the main principles and historical contexts of humanistic psychology
  • Discuss the four assumptions of existentialism and May’s findings about fear
  • Discuss Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
  • Explain what it means to be autotelic
  • Discuss Rogers’s person-centered approach and the principles of positive psychology
  • Identify the accomplishments and shortcomings of the humanistic tradition
  • Identify ways to apply the key principles of the humanistic tradition to individual experience and behavior