Hello I’m Jeffrey Mishlove I’m going to chat with you today about humanistic psychology you know for a period of time I was the vice president of the Association for humanistic psychology and it’s an organization that has a very proud history it was founded by some of the greats in the field of psychology Abraham Maslow of whom I’ve spoken.
Before in previous in present segments he’s the author of a wonderful book ahead of an enormous influence on me when I was an undergraduate.
In college toward a psychology of being he’s the one who basically came to understand as he studied the most creative people that he could find that they had mystical experiences or experiences he called peak experiences which were essentially indistinguishable from mystical experiences and that these experiences and we’re talking about people like Einstein Helen Keller these experiences were core to their identity to their work in the world then there was Carl Rogers.
Who was the founder of what’s known as client centered therapy and humanistic psychology has kind of fallen by the wayside in the sense that it’s not so popular now back in the 1970s it was really a essential movement it was at the core of what you could think of as the.
Human potential movement but psychology today to the best.
Of my understanding has drifted away towards things like cognitive behavioral therapy and computer models of human consciousness but at the time it was considered what they called a third force in psychology the first two forces being behaviorism and Freudian psychology or the psychology.
Of the unconscious humanistic psychology tended to just focus on the human being as human being now interestingly when I was a student at Berkeley we had a lecture by BF Skinner the founder not really the founder but what one of the leading leading figures in the behaviorist psychology movement and I remember at the time it was striking because he said proudly he was a humanist but then he said not those terrible people involved.
Humanistic psychology oh no no there is another Humanist Association the American Humanist Association well basically the American Humanist Association with which Skinner identified himself is a group of atheists not only atheists but communists atheists and I have nothing against communist atheists but I will say.
This they out of that American Humanist Association came the philosopher Paul Kurtz who was the founder of an organization known as psych ops ESI Co P the Committee for the scientific investigation of the claims of the paranormal well.
For one thing to my knowledge they’ve almost never conducted any real scientific investigations the one investigation that they did conduct of which I am aware became a scandal because it ended up supporting the claims of Michele Gua : as regards astrology these people I used to.
Call them the debunkers like Archie D bunker but Stanley krypton er whom I interviewed.
Of parapsychology told me you shouldn’t call them debunkers he said because the very word debunk is that there’s something that needs to be punked or debunked that there’s bunk that needs to be debunked he said they should just be.