Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Humanistic Psychology - Social Economics

In college I never limited my education but I pushed on Psychology as my major.
In point Humanistic Psychology. I am not a Behaviorist to the fact that is just a
result of environment guiding the behavior. Overtime the positive or negative
reinforcement becomes daunting to the subject and so the subject would move on
to higher and better things by free will because the need for self-actualization.

To me I see it as workers running for better pay. In that brings up a good point
that no man is an island. Meaning everyone needs each other.
The old economic view that if you want something you go find a better job
and work for it. Is just simple minded and not true these days!
Others economic state guides the market in reality. Sears, K-mart etc is a victim
of the lack of sales. Why? It was not as bad in 1925 when it started.
Low wages, low buying power today? Well Yes!!!
Applebee's is a victim of low wages and the point of no value vs the cost and
value of all you can eat places at cheaper prices.

The Golden Corral has high labor cost food delivery and etc.
It's the Walmart of buffets but is prone to be priced out of market also!
There are many ads on TV pushing the The Golden Corral as I see as
bring in the consumers to keep up with the cost vs peoples wages.

So to work at a place and expecting to move up the ladder or get a raise
when they are on shaky grounds depending on the consumers they are working
to bring in is shady! Also noted in small towns is the issue of not getting raises
or being able to move up the ladder. Works hard makes the same pay!
Pointing at the amount of minimum wage retirees in town retiring on low wage 
growth from their past jobs. Points to doing better for yourself without others is fail. 
And a good point of Humanistic Psychology. 

"Primarily, this type of therapy encourages a self-awareness and mindfulness that 
helps the client change their state of mind and behaviour from one set of reactions 
to a healthier one with more productive self-awareness and thoughtful actions. 
Essentially, this approach allows the merging of mindfulness and behavioural therapy, 
with positive social support." A positive social support is also negative social non 
support as everyone stays home with no money killing most of the stores in town.

So Humanistic psychology is a good view of the economic state of today.
"5. Human beings are intentional, aim at goals, are aware that they cause future
events, and seek meaning, value, and creativity." Pointing at staying home being
broke will effect in hardships and failure for businesses. But is a positive value as
the lack of sales pushes the need to fix the issue of low wages as most would
do without and be a sore thumb walking in town without cars or driving cars with 
no bumpers, scaring off all the rich people coming to town.
Like a poverty crusade showing the need for better pay!

Or if one bill they have takes more money being they make the same pay.
It takes more of their money so there is less money for anything else as they 
cut back their spending to compensate the higher cost bill.
So the one / self affects the many! We are not islands!

~~~~~Humanistic psychology
The humanistic psychology perspective is summarized by five core principles or postulates of humanistic psychology first articulated in an article written by James Bugental in 1964 and adapted by Tom Greening, psychologist and long-time editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. The five basic principles of humanistic psychology are:
  1. Human beings, as human, supersede the sum of their parts. They cannot be reduced to components.
  2. Human beings have their existence in a uniquely human context, as well as in a cosmic ecology.
  3. Human beings are aware and are aware of being aware - i.e., they are conscious. Human consciousness always includes an awareness of oneself in the context of other people.
  4. Human beings have the ability to make choices and therefore have responsibility.
  5. Human beings are intentional, aim at goals, are aware that they cause future events, and seek meaning, value, and creativity.
While humanistic psychology is a specific division within the American Psychological Association (Division 32), humanistic psychology is not so much a discipline within psychology as a perspective on the human condition that informs psychological research and practice.

~~~~~Characteristics of Humanistic Psychology
1. Non-judgmental
Humanistic therapy is an approach to counseling where the helping professional does not judge what is being shared by a client – regardless of the material being disclosed. 

2. Empathetic
A key feature of person centered therapy is empathy. Counselors adopting a humanistic approach to counseling often join their clients’ when exploring emotionally painful issues, which are sometimes referred to as a psychic injury.

3. Non-Pathological
Most humanistic counseling professionals put aside the clinical jargon and diagnosis and dial into the essence of the client. Many helping professionals using a person centered approach encourage the client to focus on their strengths (aka strength based approach).

4. Focus on the self
Humanistic psychological approaches involved the helping professional assisting the client focus on the “self”. In other words, the goal of therapy is to promote the client’s expression of feelings, thoughts and emotions through dialogue. In some cases, expressive outlets are encouraged, such as writing, painting, drawing and even acting (aka psycho-drama).

5. Existential
A final characteristic of humanistic psychology is its existential components. Existential therapists help clients work through restrictive patterns and approaches by encouraging them to express themselves through creativity and self-expression. Four existential dimensions are commonly explored as part of existential infusion: 1. Physical, 2. Psychological, 3. Social and Spiritual.

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