Tag: Key Figures

Beacons of Humanistic Psychology: Dr. Fred Wertz


Many of our humanistic psychologists in academia are working in departments where they are the only person holding these values. At times, the myriad of other faculty may seem to be hostile toward the humanistic paradigm and surviving seems more important than thriving. This interview—and hopefully others to follow—acknowledges a person who is acting as… Read more »

Dietrich von Hildebrandês Phenomenology of Love: Contributions Toward a Hermeneutics of Love


Paolo Veronese’s Happy Union (c. 1575) The historical roots of humanistic psychology are firmly planted deeply in the European traditions of existentialism, phenomenology, and personalism. Most humanistic psychology scholars readily acknowledge a debt to existentialism and phenomenology, yet the contributions of thought within personalism are often unacknowledged. In part, personalism often is forgotten because the… Read more »

Existential Activism


Occupy Wall Street. Photo by David Shankbone. At the 2012 Existential-Humanistic Institute Conference, John Galvin presented on the topic of “Existential Activism.” It was a wonderful presentation that led to many interesting thoughts and discussions. Although I have long aspired to being socially responsible, I never considered myself an activist prior to a colleague referring… Read more »

Joyful Thinking-Thanking: A Reading of Heideggerês –What Is Called Thinking?”


Albius Tibullus (c. 54-19 BCE) “Before one’s individual ability-to-be, there goes an unshakable joy in this possibility.” -– Martin Heidegger, Being and Time While I do not feel very celebratory about the colonization of American by the West, and the violent displacement of Native Americans, I think a holiday dedicated to gratitude is not such… Read more »



Image by John Pierce (click image for animation) I want to share a conceptual continuum created by Kirk Schneider, PhD, a leading writer and theorist in the existential-humanistic psychology community. In his book Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy, Schneider (2008) explains that a main focus of existential psychotherapy for many practitioners and theorists is the human experience of… Read more »

Maurice Friedman and Healing Through Meeting


Photo by Gideon Maurice Friedman passed away on September 25, 2012. For those who are not familiar with his work, Friedman may be best known for his many translations of the works of Martin Buber—the first to bring the philosopher’s ideas to an English-speaking audience—as well as his three-volume biography of Buber. Friedman has also… Read more »

Experience and Psychological Well-Being


Photo by Andreas Praefcke via Wikimedia Commons The question of what constitutes psychological well-being has always fascinated me because it appears so elusive.  With the exception of positive psychology, it is most readily defined as an absence of psychopathology and efforts to assert its constituent parts seem under theorized.  Yet the notion of psychological well-being… Read more »

Honoring the Memory of Thomas Szasz


Thomas Szasz died on September 8, 2012. For over 50 years, he argued against the ever-increasing medicalization of everyday problems. His argument was simple, yet often misunderstood. Because minds (unlike brains) are not physical, they cannot suffer from diseases in any literal sense. Thus, when people talk of “mental” illnesses, they are using language metaphorically… Read more »

Amedeo Giorgi Interviewed by Former Students (Part 3 of 3)


In August 2011, Amedeo Giorgi was interviewed at Saybrook’s graduate conference on themes related to his life’s work in phenomenological psychology. The panel was comprised of four former doctoral students of Giorgi’s at Saybrook: Drs. Lisa K. Mastain, Adrienne Murphy, and Sophia Reinders, and was moderated by Marc Applebaum. This transcript was edited by Amedeo… Read more »