Humainstic Essay

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When reading through my notes for the class, I have found that the humanistic approach to
the development of personality is the most interesting. The book describes humanistic as
development through interaction. Every day we come in contact with people who then
influence the way we think and perceive ideas. An example in the book given by Carl
Rogersís study explains a young girl who perceives she is liked by every one and makes
friends easily. Later when she over hears someone talking about how rude she is, she
immediately conceives the idea through one of two possibilities. Distortion causes the
girl to believe that the people talking about her donít know her very well. Denial makes
the girl doesnít allow the girl to realize that they were talking about her.

This form of study is extremely interesting. As a child when I played with neighbor
children we knew of a child that also had misconceived perceptions. The little boy thought
every one liked him, and he was so much fun. When confronted about it, the immediate
action was shock, but the next day the same things occurred. I always thought denial
played a role in this some how but wasnít educated enough to understand.

Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow both had ideas surrounding self-actualization, or the goal
to be complete. I think that this goal is acquired through personal experience as defined
through the humanistic study personality. Interaction plays a huge role in any species,
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