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Sometimes the humanistic approach is called phenomenological.
This means that personality is studied from the point of view of the individual’s subjective experience.
Rogers and Maslow placed little value on scientific psychology, especially the use of the psychology laboratory to investigate both human and animal behavior.
Humanism rejects scientific methodology like experiments and typically uses qualitative research methods.
Therefore, its contributions are limited to areas such as therapy, abnormality, motivation and personality.
A possible reasons for this lack of impact on academic psychology perhaps lies with the fact that humanism deliberately adopts a non-scientific approach to studying humans.
Humanistic psychologists argue that objective reality is less important than a person's subjective perception and understanding of the world.For Rogers the focus of psychology is not behavior (Skinner), the unconscious (Freud), thinking (Wundt) or the human brain but how individuals perceive and interpret events.Rogers is therefore important because he redirected psychology towards the study of the self.Research on such animals can tell us, so they argued, very little about human thought, behavior and experience.The humanistic approach has been applied to relatively few areas of psychology compared to the other approaches.
Both Rogers and Maslow regarded personal growth and fulfillment in life as a basic human motive.