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HHS 310 H & HS Culture: The Helping Relationship 1 Personality Theory Andrea Simpson HHS 310 H & HS Culture: The Helping Relationship Instructor: Patricia Knight June 18, 2012 HHS 310 H & HS Culture: The Helping Relationship 2 Personality Theory The theory that I chose, that best suits my personality, is the Humanistic Holistic Theory. This theory emphasizes on engaging the whole person and focusing on the future rather than the past (Brill & Levine, 2005, p.58). This theory best suits my personality, because it shows that a person can change. A persons personality is not based off of their upbringing or simply by the culture that they were raised in. This theory is based on the fact that a person can be flexible and free to choose who they want to be rather than focusing on their past to determine who they will be. The Humanistic Holistic Theory was originated by Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow. Humanistic psychology can be traced as far back as the Middle Ages when the philosophy of humanism was born (Anderson, 1996, para. 1). However, this theory became emerged more in the mid-1950s. The principles of this theory are emphasis on engaging the whole person and focusing on the future rather than the past (Brill & Levine, 2005, p. 58); attention is paid to the relationship between the therapist and the client with both seen as growing and changing from the therapeutic encounter (Brill & Levine, 2005, p. 58); and important tasks of therapy include self-actualization, personal growth, and self understanding (Brill & Levine, 2005, p. 58). People are basically good. This is what Humanistic basically stands for. At least, this is what Rogers and Maslow hoped for. When conflict between war and peace arose in the early to mid 1960s, so to did the need to understand human nature. Humanistic theory gave us an understandable way to look at man's need for war for the sake of peace (AllPsych and Heffner Media Group, Inc., 2011, section 1, para. 2). The ideas of beliefs of this theory are: The present is the most important aspect of the person and therefore humanists focus on the here and now rather than looking at the past or trying to predict the future. Humanistic theory is reality based and to be psychologically healthy people must take responsibility for themselves, whether the person's actions are positive or negative. The individual, merely by being human, posses an inherent worth. posses an inherent worth.... View Full Document

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