We have a natural drive toward health;
just as a plant, given sunshine, water and proper care will reach its natural maturity,
so will humans reach theirs, absent harsh and punitive treatment. — Carl R. Rogers

Journal of Humanistic Psychology

An international journal of human potential,
self-actualization, the search for meaning and social change

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The Journal of Humanistic Psychology is an interdisciplinary forum for contributions, controversies and diverse statements pertaining to humanistic psychology. It addresses personal growth, interpersonal encounters, social problems and philosophical issues.

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The Journal of Humanistic Psychology was founded by Abraham Maslow and Anthony Sutich in 1961. It is the official journal of the Association for Humanistic Psychology. Thomas Greening, JHP’s former chief editor (1970-2005), is a member of the faculty. The current editor, Kirk J. Schneider, is Vice President of the Existential-Humanistic Institute, and Adjunct Faculty at Saybrook University and at Institute of Integral Studies.

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The articles and features in JHP bring you the best of current scholarship covering a wide range of topics, such as: Authenticity · Community-building · Confluent education · Consciousness · Creativity · Existential psychotherapy · Holistic healing and learning · Humanistic politics · Humanistic psychotherapy · Human science research · Identity · I-Thou encounters · Love · Peace and mediation · Personal Growth · Self-actualization · Self-transcendence · Spiritual development · Synergy · Values.

A Multifaceted View of the Field


The Journal of Humanistic Psychology explores the many facets of humanistic psychology through a variety of features, including experiential reports, analyses of contemporary culture, theoretical papers, personal essays, poetry, research studies emphasizing human scientific methods, and applications of humanistic psychology.

Easy-to-Use Annual Index


For fast, easy reference the last issue of each year of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology includes an index of articles and authors.

Influential Scholars


Notable contributors to the Journal of Humanistic Psychology have included James F T Bugental, Abraham Maslow, Rollo May, Carl Rogers, Brewster Smith and Ken Wilber.

Thematic Issues and Sections
The Journal of Humanistic Psychology occasionally supplements its broad coverage with in-depth studies of topics of particular interest. Recent Special Issues and Special Sections include: International Developments in Humanistic Psychology · In Honor of Jim Bugental · Rollo May · Carl Rogers-The Man and His Ideas · Dialogue · Trauma and Transcendence · Leary, Drugs, Learning and Reality · The Growing Edge in Humanistic and Experiential Therapies.


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Kirk J. SchneiderManaging Editor:
Shawn RubinAssociate Editors:
Bonnie Burstein
Carroy Ferguson
Jennifer Franklin
Kevin KeenanPsychotherapy Editor:
David CainResearch Editor:
Douglas MacDonald

International Editor:

Thomas Greening
Edward Hoffman
Editorial Board
Christopher Aanstoos
Will W. Adams
Walter Truett Anderson
Arthur Bohart
Ken Bradford
Jeffery Alan Brisker
Roger Brooke
Thomas F. Cloonan
Ann Collen
Allan Combs
Nick Cooper
Erik Craig
Eleanor Criswell
Larry Davidson
Roy J. deCarvalhol
Arthur Deikman
Stephen Diamond
David Elkins
James Fadiman
Constance T. Fischer
Maurice Friedman
John Galvin
Amedeo Giorgi
Gerald Goodman
Stanislav Grof
Steen Halling
Barbara S. Held
Lewis Hoffman
Daniel Holland
Eugene Taylor
Stephan Tobin
Art Warmoth
Ken Wilber
Paul Wong
Rich Hycner
Theopia Jackson
Dennis Jaffe
Adelbert H. Jenkins
Robert Kramer
Stanley Krippner
Orah Krug
Larry Leigner
Rabbi Michael Lerner
David A. Levy
John L. Levy
David Lukoff
Salvatore Maddi
Alvin Mahrer
Edward Mendelowitz
Clark Moustakas
Shoji Muramoto
Michael Murphy
Maureen O’Hara
Fraser Pierson
Donald Polkinghorne
Kaisa Puhakka
David Rennie
Ruth Richards
Linda Riebel
Brent Dean Robbins
John Rowan
Shawn Rubin
Ilene Serlin
Huston Smith
M. Brewster Smith
E. Mark Stern
Louise Sundararajan
Thomas Szasz