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Humanistic Therapy: Goals and Procedure of Humanistic Therapy

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Goals of Humanistic Therapy

  • Create spirit of self-dependence approach to be accepted
  • Distance between real and ideal self to be reduced

Procedure of Humanistic Therapy

Procedure of humanistic theory involves

  • Client seeking help
  • Client initiates reflection of feelings
  • Development of insight takes place, causing evaluation of world using a new frame of reference
  • Fault behavior is identified
  • Positive steps are taken
  • Face to face conversation with therapist are arranged and attended with concentration
  • Bonding of contract occurs

Humanistic Therapy: Merits and Limitations of Humanistic Therapy

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Merits of Humanistic Therapy

  • Makes patient aware of realities
  • Helps to promote research
  • Promotes disappearance of symptoms
  • It is more effective in bright persons
  • There is no apprehension of transference of attitude

Limitations of Humanistic Therapy

  • Assumptions may be incorrect
  • It is never used in serious cases
  • Motivation towards self-fulfillment is not inborn
  • Effective only with minor adjustments
  • It is based on a misleading idea that doctor knows the best
  • It is vague and lacks highly systematized model of human behavior