PSYCH 2B03 Chapter Notes - Chapter 12: Humanistic Psychology, Self-Awareness, Positive Psychology

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To overcome this paradox by acknowledging and addressing the ways in which psychology is unique. Disagreed with the idea that the study of the mind is just another science or that it should/could resemble chemistry. Argued the mind is not different from things such as molecules or atoms, it is fundamentally different. Fundamentally different because the human mind is aware. Psychology needs to address this unique phenomenon of awareness rather than brushing it under the rug. The even more important self awareness brings to the fore many uniquely human phenomena that do not arise when the object of study is a rock. Phenomenology - central insight of humanistic psychology is that ones conscious experience of the world also called phenomenology is psychologically more important than the world itself. Everything that happened to you in the past, true about you now, or might happen in the future can influence you only by affecting your thoughts and feelings at this moment.

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