Reflections on Humanistic Psychology and The Person-Centered Approach


Merrill, Charles


The aim of this paper is to show the evolution of myself as a humanistic psychologist and how the influence o f Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow and Rollo May were a central part of my learning process. Thecorevaluesofeachtheoristhaveretainedpotencyover morethanthirtyyearsofmyprofessionalservice. Aspartofthis paper, I will endeavor to give a brief overview of humanistic psychology and the person-centered approach as part of the larger impact on more reductive approaches that were dominant at the time.