SORT BY Relevancy
A continuation of a discussion of a Humanistic Psychology that sresses an understanding of the experience of being human and the nature of the experiences that shape us as well as the manner in which we come to identify ourselves as individual personalities living with other of our human kind. We will discuss the process of becoming a person who creates and constructs the specific story that he or she lives by. We will discuss the variety of humanexperiences and forms of identication that deny individuals personhood and leave them feeling themselves to be objects, machines, and nonpersons.
Fro the past several years I have had the profound experience of working as a psychological consultant in two nursing homes that also contain rehabilitation units. While the physical care provided residents is mostly adequate their treatment as human beings defined by selves and identities is horrendous. Part of the problem stems form the way we, as a culture, deal with old age, death and dying. The result is that all the pain, existential anxiety, depression, loss of autonomy and dignity are treated as mental disorders to be understood and managed by the psychiatric model. The results are to reduce human beings to nonpersons who feel isolated, lonely, frightened and often filled with rage and self pity. Alternate stories are suggested.