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Humanistic psychologists model democracy

Dr. Stan Charnofsky: Humanistic psychologists model democracy. S/he imposes upon the client least of all.  Freedom to choose is maximized.  The client's human potential is valued.  Client power is enhanced when the innate, natural healthy drive is honored.  Here are some operational guidelines for the Humanistic Therapist: Be Present; Act Responsibly; Provide a Stimulating Environment; Look for Client Code Words; Provide a Safe Environment; Respect a Developmental Base; Respect Affective Discharge as Preceding Cognitive Restructuring; Be Vulnerable--Therapist As Well As Client; Recognize that All Choices Are Intended For Self-enhancement.

Walt Anderson, in his book Politics and the New Humanism noted that the goals of therapy ought not to be adjustment.  Indeed, one might adjust to an inhumane situation, such as a society in Nazi Germany, or a household dominated by alcoholism and abuse.   The final goal of Humanistic psychology is the integrated person, not the adjusted one. Integrated people (like Thoreau, Ghandi, Cesar Chavez) are capable of independent choices, able to evaluate the panorama of human events with clear eyes and incisive choices--even when they go against the established order or current law.  Integrated people take appropriate emotional risks, guided by an unwavering appreciation for humankind and the planet for which we are custodians.

With enough integrated people, we begin to influence the culture, banish violent solutions, create a populous that cherishes differences.  Humanism as a psychology flourishes in a culture that values Humanism as a philosophy.
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