The Journal of Humanistic Psychology is an interdisciplinary forum for contributions, controversies and diverse statements pertaining to humanistic psychology. It addresses personal growth, interpersonal encounters, social problems and philosophical issues.
An international journal of human potential, self-actualization, the search for meaning and social change, the Journal of Humanistic Psychology was founded by Abraham Maslow and Anthony Sutich in 1961. It is the official journal of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, and maintains a close connection with the Saybrook Institute where Thomas Greening, JHP's former editor, is a member of the faculty. You can visit the Saybrook Institute's web site at https://www.saybrook.edu/
Expand Your Horizons
The articles and features in JHP bring you the best of current scholarship covering a wide range of topics, such as: Authenticity • Community-building • Confluent education • Consciousness • Creativity • Existential psychotherapy • Holistic healing and learning • Humanistic politics • Humanistic psychotherapy • Human science research • Identity • I-Thou encounters • Love • Peace and mediation • Personal Growth • Self-actualization • Self-transcendence • Spiritual development • Synergy • Values
A Multifaceted View of the Field
The Journal of Humanistic Psychology explores the many facets of humanistic psychology through a variety of features, including experiential reports, analyses of contemporary culture, theoretical papers, personal essays, poetry, research studies emphasizing human scientific methods, and applications of humanistic psychology.
Easty-to-Use Annual Index
For fast, easy reference, the last issue of each volume of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology includes an index of articles and authors.
Notable contributors to the Journal of Humanistic Psychology have included James F T Bugental, Abraham Maslow, Rollo May, Carl Rogers, Clark Moustakas, Huston Smith, Brewster Smith, Ken Wilber, Kirk Schneider, Louise Sundararjan, Ilene Serlin, Louis Hoffman and Brent Dean Robbins.
Thematic Issues and Sections
The Journal of Humanistic Psychology occasionally supplements its broad coverage with in-depth studies of topics of particular interest. Recent Special Issues and Special Sections include: International Developments in Humanistic Psychology • In Honor of Jim Bugental • Rollo May • Carl Rogers-The Man and His Ideas • Dialogue • Trauma and Transcendence • Leary, Drugs, Learning and Reality • The Growing Edge in Humanistic and Experiential Therapies
Special Issue on William James and the Humanistic Revolution: Scholars Look Back and Ahead a Century After His Death (September 2010)
William James, the preeminent philosopher and psychologist, played a founding and fostering role for the humanistic-transpersonal vision within psychology, as well as many other specialties within psychology. The September 2010 issue of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology celebrates the centennial of James’ ground-breaking insights and reexamines his continuing influence on issues in contemporary psychology. Articles assess topics such as measuring the effectiveness of therapy, addiction recovery through programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous; the complexity and essential spirit of humanity, and the relevance of James’s pluralism, pragmatism, and radical empiricism for the neurosciences. This important issue is a must-read for everyone interested in the foundations of science!
The Journal of Humanistic Psychology publishes experiential reports, theoretical papers, personal essays, research studies with an emphasis on human science methods, applications of humanistic psychology, humanistic analyses of contemporary culture, and occasional poems. Topics of special interest are authenticity, identity, personal growth, self-actualization, self-transcendence, I-Thou encounters, existential and humanistic psychotherapy, community building, humanistic politics, synergy, creativity, holistic learning and healing, values, and love. The journal is a forum for diverse statements about humanistic psychology, including criticisms.
|Sarah R. Kamens||SUNY College at Old Westbury, USA|
|Thomas Greening||Psychological Services Association|
|Shawn Rubin||Private Practice, Fairfax VA, USA|
|Kirk J. Schnieder||Vice President, Existential-Humanistic Institute; Adjunct Faculty, Saybrook University and the Columbia University, Teachers College, USA|
|Miles A. Vich|
|Louis Hoffman||Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association|
|Shawn Rubin||Private Practice, Fairfax VA, USA|
|Scott Churchill||University of Dallas, USA|
|Douglas MacDonald||University of Detroit - Mercy, USA|
|Pratyusha Tummala-Narra||The Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute and Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University|
|Theopia Jackson||Saybrook University, USA|
|Tabitha Moore||Evolution Consulting, LLC|
|Sonasha Braxton||RefugePoint & Sekhmet International Consulting, USA|
|Kirk J. Schnieder||Vice President, Existential-Humanistic Institute; Adjunct Faculty, Saybrook University and the Columbia University, Teachers College, USA|
|Andrew M. Bland||Millersville University, USA|
|Edward Hoffman||Yeshiva University, New York, USA|
|Niveen Rizkalla||University of California Berkeley, USA|
|Alexandra Adame||Seattle University, USA|
|Will W. Adams||Duquesne University, USA|
|Marc Applebaum||Saybrook University, USA|
|Kyle Arnold||Coney Island Hospital, USA|
|Gina Belton||Saybrook University & Redwood Palliative Psychology, USA|
|Anthony P. Bossis||NYU School of Medicine, USA|
|Fanny Brewster||Pacifica Graduate Institute and the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts, USA|
|Sara K. Bridges||The University of Memphis, USA|
|Shannon Chávez-Korell||Wayne State University, USA|
|Roxanne Christensen||Aloe Integrative Psychology Group; Oakland University, USA|
|Michael W. Cornwall||Esalen Institute, USA|
|Erik Craig||Private Practice, Santa Fe, New Mexico|
|Eugene M. DeRobertis||Brookdale College, USA|
|Miraj U. Desai||Yale University School of Medicine, USA|
|Todd DuBose||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, USA|
|Susi Ferrarello||Saybrook University, USA|
|Zeno Franco||Department of Family & Community Medicine, Center for Healthy Communities & Research, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA|
|Arthur Giacalone||Institute of Contemplative Studies|
|Nathaniel Granger||Saybrook University and Pikes Peak Community College|
|Nisha Gupta||University of West Georgia, USA|
|Ben Cooley Hall||Bridgewater State Hospital, USA|
|Steen Halling||Seattle University, USA|
|Ed Hoffman||Yeshiva University, New York, USA|
|Bojun Hu||United Family Hospital, China & Taos Institute, USA|
|Meba Alphonse Kanda||University of South Africa, Centre for Applied Psychology, South Africa|
|Justin Michael Karter||University of Massachusetts Boston, USA|
|Betz King||King & Associates, Farmington Hills, MI, USA|
|Robert Kramer||Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, Hungary|
|Stanley Krippner||California Institute of Integral Studies, USA|
|Bia Labate||CIEASAS Occidente, Mexico|
|Larry M. Leitner|
|Amanda Lowe||Mercy Behavioral Health, Pittsburgh, PA, USA|
|Zenobia Morrill||University of Massachusetts Boston, USA|
|Wade W. Nobles, Ifagbemi Sangodare, Nana Kwaku Berko I, Bejana, Onebunne||San Francisco State University, Association of Black Psychologists, Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family Life and Culture, USA|
|Bradley D. Olson||National Louis University - Chicago, USA|
|Nadika Paranamana||University of Hartford and Yale School of Medicine – Department of Psychiatry, USA|
|Anthony J. Pavlo||Yale University, USA|
|Elizabeth Pienkos||Clarkson University, USA|
|Jonathan D. Raskin||SUNY New Paltz|
|Donadrian Rice||University of West Georgia, USA|
|Ruth Richards||Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, USA|
|Brent D. Robbins||Point Park University, USA|
|Donna Rockwell||Saybrook University, USA|
|Robert D. Romanyshyn||Pacifica Graduate Institute (Emeritus), USA/France|
|Judy Roth||CUNY School of Medicine/The City College, USA|
|Derrick Sebree||Michigan School of Psychology, USA|
|Ilene Serlin||Union Street Health Associates|
|Drake Spaeth||Saybrook University, USA|
|David St. John||Michigan School of Professional Psychology|
|Rochelle V. Suri||ISPS|
|Thomas Teo||York University, Canada|
|Mary Watkins||Pacifica Graduate Institute, USA|
|Frederick J. Wertz||Fordham University, USA|
|Paul Wong||Independent Practice|
|Wang Xuefu||Zhi Mian Insitute for Psychotherapy|
|Oksana Yakushko||Pacifica Graduate Institute, USA|
|Mark Yang||Zhi Mian International Institute of Existential-Humanistic Psychology|
|Walter Truett Anderson||Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center; NTL Institute, USA|
|Arthur Bohart||California State University, Dominquez Hills, USA|
|David J. Cain||Private Practice, USA|
|Eleanor Criswell||Sonoma State University, USA|
|David Elkins||Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA|
|Constance T. Fischer||Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA|
|Harris Friedman||University of Florida, USA|
|Amedeo Giorgi||Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, USA|
|Stanislav Grof||Esalen Institute, USA|
|Althea Horner||Pasadena, CA, USA|
|Alfried Längle||Higher School of Economics, Dept. of Psychology, Moscow, Russia|
|Rabbi Michael Lerner|
|David A. Levy|
|David Lukoff||Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center; NTL Institute, USA|
|Michael Murphy||Esalen Institute, USA|
|Maureen O'Hara||National University, La Jolla, CA, USA|
|J. Fraser Pierson||Southern Oregon University, USA|
|John Rowan||Private Practice|
|Huston Smith||Fordham University, USA|
|Stephan Tobin||Los Angeles, CA, USA|
|Ken Wilber||Boulder, Colorado, USA|
|Joe K. Adams|
|Heinz Ansbacher||University of Vermont, USA|
|Mike M. Arons||West Georgia State University, USA|
|Myron M. Arons|
|David Bakan||York University, Canada|
|James F. T. Bugental||Stanford University School of Medicine, USA|
|Arne Collen||Saybrook Graduate School, USA|
|Arthur Deikman||School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco|
|Maurice Friedman||San Diego State University, California|
|John L. Levy||Mill Valley, CA, USA|
|Alvin Mahrer||University of Ottawa, Canada|
|Fred Massarik||UCLA, USA|
|Will Mcwhinney||Enthusion Inc, Venice, CA, USA|
|Clark Moustakas||Michigan School of Professional Psychology|
|Donald Polkinghorne||University of Southern California, USA|
|David L. Rennie||York University, Canada|
|M. Brewster Smith||University of California-Santa Cruz, USA|
|E. Mark Stern||Iona College, USA|
|Thomas Szasz||State University of New York, Syracuse, NY, USA|
|Eugene Taylor||Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center; NTL Institute, USA|
|Art Warmoth||Sonoma State University, USA|
The Journal of Humanistic Psychology is a forum for diverse publications in the field of humanistic psychology.
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Book with place of publication--Airey, D. (2010). Logo design love: A guide to creating iconic brand identities. Berkeley, CA: New Riders.
Book with editors & edition--Collins, C., & Jackson, S. (Eds.). (2007). Sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand society. South Melbourne, Australia: Thomson.
Book with author & publisher are the same--MidCentral District Health Board. (2008). District annual plan 2008/09. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Author.
Chapter in an edited book--Dear, J., & Underwood, M. (2007). What is the role of exercise in the prevention of back pain? In D. MacAuley& T. Best (Eds.), Evidence-based sports medicine (2nd ed., pp. 257-280). Malden, MA: Blackwell.
Journal article with more than one author (print)--Gabbett, T., Jenkins, D., & Abernethy, B. (2010). Physical collisions and injury during professional rugby league skills training. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 13(6), 578-583.
Journal article – 8 or more authors-- Crooks, C., Ameratunga, R., Brewerton, M., Torok, M., Buetow, S., Brothers, S., … Jorgensen, P. (2010). Adverse reactions to food in New Zealand children aged 0-5 years. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1327). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/123-1327/4469/
Internet – no author, no date--Pet therapy. (n.d.). Retrieved from htttp://www.holisticonline.com/stress/stress_pet-therapy.htm
Internet – Organisation / Corporate author-- SPCA New Zealand. (2011). Your dog may be dying from the heat [Press release]. Retrieved from
- Examples of various types of information sources:
Act (statute / legislation)--Copyright Act 1994. (2011, October 7). Retrieved from http://www.legislation.govt.nz
Blog post--Liz and Ellory. (2011, January 19). The day of dread(s) [Web log post]. Retrieved from
Brochure / pamphlet (no author)--Ageing well: How to be the best you can be [Brochure]. (2009). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.
Conference Paper--Williams, J., &Seary, K. (2010). Bridging the divide: Scaffolding the learning experiences of the mature age student. In J. Terrell (Ed.), Making the links: Learning, teaching and high quality student outcomes. Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the New Zealand Association of Bridging Educators (pp. 104-116). Wellington, New Zealand.
DVD / Video / Motion Picture (including Clickview&Youtube)--Gardiner, A., Curtis, C., & Michael, E. (Producers), &Waititi, T. (Director). (2010). Boy: Welcome to my interesting world [DVD]. New Zealand: Transmission.
Magazine--Ng, A. (2011, October-December). Brush with history. Habitus, 13, 83-87.
Newspaper article (no author)--Little blue penguins homeward bound. (2011, November 23). Manawatu Standard, p. 5
Podcast (audio or video)--Rozaieski, B. (2011). Logan cabinet shoppe: Episode 37: Entertainment center molding [Video podcast]. Retrieved fromhttp://blip.tv/xxx
Software (including apps--UBM Medica.(2010). iMIMS (Version1.2.0) [Mobile application software].Retrieved from http://itunes.apple.com
Television programme--Flanagan, A., &Philipson, A. (Series producers & directors).(2011). 24 hours in A & E [Television series]. Belfast, Ireland: Channel 4.
Thesis (print)--Smith, T. L. (2008). Change, choice and difference: The case of RN to BN degree programmes for registered nurses (Master’s thesis). Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.
Thesis (online)--Mann, D. L. (2010). Vision and expertise for interceptive actions in sport (Doctoral dissertation, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia). Retrieved fromhttp://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/44704
Non-English reference book, title translated in English
Real Academia Espanola. (2001). Diccionario de la lenguaespanola [Dictionary of the Spanish Language] (22nded.). Madrid, Spain: Author
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7. Tables. They should be structured properly. Each table must have a clear and concise title. When appropriate, use the title to explain an abbreviation parenthetically.Eg.Comparison of Median Income of Adopted Children (AC) v. Foster Children (FC). Headings should be clear and brief.
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