ERIC Number: ED105328
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Reference Count: 0
On Being Real: In Praise of Impersonal Communication.
Reagor, Pamela A.; Warren, Lynda W.
Prevalent among "third force" and other humanistic psychologists is the assertion that "becoming a person" or "self-actualizing" are desirable goals for individuals and for the human race. Major writers such as Rogers and Maslow and their followers have described the high-level humanizing process and have developed techniques for facilitating growth toward it. However, current trends in the so-called humanistic movement have resulted in a situation wherein, in many counseling and therapy groups, and in several humanistic psychology papers, the ultimate good of self-actualization is presented exclusively in terms of intimacy, intense emotional involvement, interpersonal honesty, and almost compulsive self-disclosure. This seems to be produced and maintained by two related assumptions: (1) that intimacy and interpersonal emotional intensity are what we seek, and (2) that if we don't seek these realms of experience, we should, and we are either mentally ill or somehow less human on account of not doing so. These assumptions are, however laudable for some situations, highly questionable when applied to all humans in all situations. This tutorial presentation explores these theoretical, clinical, and ethical issues by means of lecture and discussion with the audience. (Author/BW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (54th, San Francisco, California, April 1974)