Blog Post #6

2 Commentsby   |  04.23.13  |  Student Posts

Humanistic psychology, also known as third force psychology, emphasizes an individual’s drive towards self-actualization and creativity. It believes that behavior is connected to a person’s inner feelings and self-concept. I think this is greatly seen in our society today. Individualism is praised and people are striving to be different and unique. I think a perfect example of this in today’s world is the whole “hipster” movement. It focuses on self-actualization and individualism. It suddenly became popular to fall away from the mainstream of society and its norms to do your own thing. While hipsters tend to be more trendy, they add their own style and unique twist and strive to personalize it. I think another great example of a rise in creativity is Pinterest. Pinterest is a website that allows people to share ideas with each other ranging from recipes to craft projects. It’s purpose is to encourage people to be creative with the things they have around them, whether that be a meal, refurbishing furniture, painting or sewing. The object is to turn something ordinary into something unique. I see these prominently in our society. These examples best illustrate humanistic psychology for me.


  1. Madison Hudson
    2:08 pm, 04.23.13

    I like the “hipster” example. It’s funny though because I think the movement came about for a desire to be different than society but then paradoxically became a trend that people follow. Although it’s not like name brand identical clothing, it is still a certain “type” or “category” that people fit in which defeats the whole purpose of being unique.

  2. Carter Wells
    2:23 pm, 04.23.13

    I like that you incorporated a social media cite in your post. Due to the anonymity, I think the internet in general reflects this movement as people are allowed to express their individuality without the fear of direct social repercussions. It also allows for unlimited customization of media and ideas, creating a massive wave of diversification and individuation.

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