Transpersonal Psychology is considered the fourth force in Psychology along with behaviourism, psychoanalysis and humanistic psychology. It became recognised through the pioneering work of people such as Abraham Maslow, Carl Jung, Ken Wilber, Anthony Sutich and Stan Grof. Its beginnings are believed to have stretched back to the original publication of William James, ‘The Varieties of Religious Experience in 1902’, (Herridge, 2007, Issue 51). While James is considered the Father of Transpersonal Psychology, Carl Jung is credited with being the first Western psychologist to be open to a cross culture model in the development of his theories. The Transpersonal Psychology model integrates the spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual, physical and creative being into one complete element and addresses all six components equally for the purpose of treatment. It strives to discover divinity through our own humanity and is a byproduct of a person’s growth and development. Transpersonal psychology uses positive influences, rather than diseased human psyche and our defenses, as a model for the realisation of human potential. Saints, artists, prophets and heroes are all revered and examined as embodying the true nature of our human psyche Colman, A.M. (2006). Transpersonal Psychology does not view an end to the human personality. It sees our character traits and attributes as a sheet that guards our true essence. Our beings are just a vehicle used to transport our spirit and soul throughout the universe, (Good Therapy.Org, 2013)
In the essay the Author will discuss Analytical, Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology. He will refer mainly to Carl Jung and Abraham Maslow, discussing some of their theories which have had key influence in the foundation of Humanistic Psychology, furthermore leading on to more recognition for the Transpersonal Model in Psychology. In the future the Author believes Transpersonal Psychology
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