Humanism stresses the goodness of human nature. It holds that if unfettered by groundless fears and societal
restrictions, human beings will develop normally, even exceptionally.
Existentialism is gloomier. Although it embraces free will and responsibility, it stresses the anxiety that is
inevitable in making important choices.
Avoiding choices may protect people from anxiety, but it also deprives them of living a life with meaning.
The Goals Of Existential Therapy:
encourage clients to confront their anxiety concerning choices about how they will live, what they will value,
and how they will relate to others.
Sometimes a choice will occasion extreme discomfort. Life is not easy for those who would be true to
people create their existence anew at each moment. The potential for disorder as well as for growth is ever
best understood as a general attitude taken by certain therapists toward human nature rather than as a set of
has both humanistic and existential elements.
Both emphasize the creative and expressive aspects of people rather than the problematic features on which
psychoanalysts seem to concentrate.
A central goal is to help patients understand and accept their needs, desires, and gears and to enhance their
awareness of how they block themselves from reaching their goals, and satisfying their needs.
A basic assumption is that all of us bring our needs and wants to any situation.
Gestalt Therapy Techniques:
focus on what a client is doing in the consulting room here and now, without delving into the past.
Searching after causes in the past is considered an attempt to escape responsibility for making choices in the
• I-techniques: to help patients bear responsibility for their present and future lives, the
therapist instructs them to change “it” language into “I” language.
• Empty-chair technique: a client projects and then talks to the projection (the projection
could represent a feeling, person, object, or situation) by visualizing a significant other