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Self-Determination Theory in the ClinicMotivating Physical and Mental Health$
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Kennon Sheldon, Geoffrey Williams, and Thomas Joiner

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095449

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095449.001.0001

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Self-Actualization, Society, and Scientific Psychology

Self-Actualization, Society, and Scientific Psychology

(p.3) 1 Self-Actualization, Society, and Scientific Psychology
Self-Determination Theory in the Clinic

Kennon M. Sheldon

Geoffrey Williams

Thomas Joiner

Yale University Press

This chapter outlines the rise and fall of the humanistic theoretical perspective, which can be found in academic psychology. Abraham Maslow, Rollo May, and Carl Rogers are just some of the founders of this theoretical tradition, one that implies a distinct model of the optimal provider–client relationship. The chapter also looks at the traditional authority–supplicant role relationship and the reasons why conventional psychology refused humanistic psychology.

Keywords:   humanistic theoretical perspective, academic psychology, Abraham Maslow, Rollo May, Carl Rogers, provider–client relationship, authority–supplicant role, conventional psychology

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