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Encountering America

Humanistic Psychology, Sixties Culture, and the Shaping of the Modern Self

Jessica Grogan



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01 January 2013
Cultural studies; Humanistic psychology
A dramatic narrative history of the psychological movement that reshaped American culture The expectation that our careers and personal lives should be expressions of our authentic selves, the belief that our relationships should be defined by openness and understanding, the idea that therapy can help us reach our fullest potential-these ideas have become so familiar that it's impossible to imagine our world without them.

In Encountering America, cultural historian Jessica Grogan reveals how these ideas stormed the barricades of our culture through the humanistic psychology movement-the work of a handful of maverick psychologists who revolutionized American culture in the 1960s and '70s. Profiling thought leaders including Abraham Maslow, Rollo May, and Timothy Leary, Grogan draws on untapped primary sources to explore how these minds and the changing cultural atmosphere combined to create a widely influential movement. From the group of ideas that became known as New Age to perennial American anxieties about wellness, identity, and purpose, Grogan traces how humanistic psychology continues to define the way we understand ourselves.
By:   Jessica Grogan
Imprint:   HarperPerennial
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   322g
ISBN:   9780061834769
ISBN 10:   0061834769
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   01 January 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jessica Grogan has a PhD in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught courses on American history, culture, and psychology at Southwestern University, the University of Texas, and Mount Holyoke College. This is her first book.

Reviews for Encountering America: Humanistic Psychology, Sixties Culture, and the Shaping of the Modern Self

[A] disciplined and persuasive defense of the movement... Grogan eloquently insists that humanistic psychology subtly revolutionized Americans' conception of the self and the role of therapy. --New York Times Book Review

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