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The road to Malpsychia : humanistic psychology and our discontents
Milton, Joyce.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Encounter Books, [2002]

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326 pages ; 24 cm
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BF204 .M54 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The Road to Malpsychia gives intriguing portraits of the patriarchs of the new secular order-- Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, and Timothy Leary. The Road to Malpsychia charts the rise and fall of one of the most significant cultural movements of our time. It is a story filled with character and anecdote and also with daunting implications for the secular souls left stranded by the failure of what Maslow once called the religion of human nature.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Offering vivid portrayals of the major players in the humanistic psychology movement is Joyce Milton's The Road to Malpsychia: Humanistic Psychology and Our Discontents. This cultural movement which sprouted from an impatience with human limitations and a desire to put the self at the center of the universe had its heyday in the 1960s. Milton (The First Partner: Hilary Rodham Clinton) writes about psychologist Abraham Maslow, the movement's prophet, and of its followers, including Carl Rogers, a Californian who instructed people to get in touch with the dark impulses of their true selves.' (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

This mistitled text is a biased, "in your face," slick journalistic style narrative posing as a history of humanistic psychology. In the guise of examining the humanistic psychology movement, Milton offers an extensive rant about numerous tangential factions and peppers it with gossipy tidbits better suited for a tabloid. Only a limited number of primary humanistic psychologists are mentioned at any length (among them Maslow and Carl Rogers), but fringe characters and scandalous implications abound. Topics range from EST to lesbian S & M culture to the Columbine High School shootings. A great deal of the book focuses on Timothy Leary, who is a cultural icon of the 1960s but not a major humanistic psychologist. Any integrity the text may have is undermined by statements taken out of context and inclusion of ludicrous information for "shock value (e.g., Alfred Kinsey "hanged himself by his scrotum"). Milton looks at "the human potential movement's long assault on American culture" as though it were a well-planned, orchestrated maneuver. The author even admits to a "jaundiced view," which indicates the book is best understood as an opinion piece. Those seeking a scholarly critique of the humanistic psychology movement and its outcomes should turn to the works of Ken Wilber. Not recommended for academic collections. J. Bailey Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 1
1 The Rise of Relativismp. 11
2 Fully Humanp. 39
3 Mushroom Peoplep. 63
4 Miraclesp. 93
5 Good Boy No Morep. 127
6 Revolutionary Sciencep. 165
7 The Man Questionp. 205
8 The Malpsychian Classroomp. 235
9 The Deconstructed Selfp. 267
Acknowledgmentsp. 293
Notesp. 295
Indexp. 311