The Future of Humanistic Psychology: Towards a Self With Expanded Horizons

Shaima Ahammed, Isaac Cherian

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    What is humanistic psychology's most enduring crisis as it looks forward for a positive future? As we attempt to address this question, we argue that humanistic psychology has always neglected the task of theorizing the self. This is, indeed, a great cause of concern, given the concept's centrality to most of its defining tenets and principles. Within this frame, we propose the Galactic Self that can embrace the dichotomies presented by the conflicting theoretical positions of self in psychology, while expanding its horizons to capture its infiniteness. Such a self is dynamic, transformative, expansive, evolving and infinite in nature, and complements humanistic psychology's promise of understanding an ever-evolving human psyche.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)364-370
    Number of pages7
    JournalHumanistic Psychologist
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Applied Psychology


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