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The Humanistic Perspective

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The Humanistic Perspective 9. Describe the humanistic perspective on personality in terms of Maslow's focus on self-actualization and Rogers' emphasis on people's potential for growth. Maslow believed that if basic human needs are fulfilled and self-esteem is achieved, people will strive to actualize their highest potential. To describe self- actualization, he studied some exemplary personalities and summarized his impression of their qualities. To nurture growth in others, Rogers advised being genuine, empathic, and accepting (offering unconditional positive regard). In such a climate, people can develop a deeper self-awareness and a more realistic and positive self-concept. 9. Describe humanistic psychologists' approach to personality assessment, and discuss the benefits and liabilities of self-esteem and self-serving bias. Humanistic psychologists assess personality through questionnaires on which people report their self-concept and by seeking to understand others' subjective personal experiences in therapy.
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