An Existential-Humanistic and Transpersonally Oriented Depth Psychology

  • Eugene Taylor
Part of the Library of the History of Psychological Theories book series (LHPT)


Beyond a mere ego-centered concept, dynamic theories of personality merged between the 1940s and the 1960s to produce existential-humanistic and transpersonal psychology. The creative and diamonic forces at work that allowed this to come about were many. First, was the Americanization of European forms of existentialism and phenomenology and their absorption into the new movement called humanistic psychology. This led to the valorization of the psychotherapeutic hour over artificial modeling in the laboratory, as well as a major epistemological critique of positivistic reductionism in experimental science. Second, was the radicalization of psychoanalysis, leading to forms of depth psychology that mixed the iconography of the transcendent and new experiential forms of learning with radical forms of social activism directed against traditional psychology and psychiatry.


American Psychological Association Human Science Altered State Humanistic Psychology Transpersonal Psychology 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Saybrook Graduate School and Research CenterSan FranciscoUSA

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