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  1. Phenomenology is the most important core belief of existential-humanistic psychology and psychotherapy. The founders of phenomenology were from Germany: Edmund Husserl (1859-1938) and Martin Heidegger (1889-1976). Using this concept, humanism focuses on the unique conscious experience of each human being.

  2. Humanistic psychology emphasizes freedom, choice, values, growth, self-actualization, spontaneity, creativity, and peak experiences. Humanists believe that each person has a "true self" that contains the potential for optimal growth. Alienation from this true self results from unhealthy socialization.

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  4. Jan 20, 2004 · Medicalized psychoanalysis (psychotherapy) denies the quintessential intimacy of its own distinctive “method”, illustrated by the obtuse conception that it is something the therapist gives or does to the patient, as if it were a surgical operation. In surgery, all things being equal, doctor and patient are fungible.

  5. Existential-humanistic psychotherapy is a lengthy, in-depth searching process, not a few visits to the doctor's office for a quick answer to a client's objective concerns (Bugental, 1999). One of the great gifts of being human is the capacity to search and particularly to search for meaning.

  6. Existential meaning making is an intrinsically human process related to identity formation. It is the act of “making sense” of an experience. Existential theory challenges the Cartesian notion of a world made up of objects—and subjects who perceive those objects.

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  7. Existential psychology, like Freudian psychoanalysis, is a "school of thought," a tradition of theory, research, and practice which includes the work of many men and women. It has its roots in the work of a rather diverse group of philosophers of the second half of the nineteenth century, especially Friedrich Nietzsche.

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