Human potential movement


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Human potential movement

A movement in psychotherapy that began in the 1960s and emphasized maximizing the potential of each participant through such techniques as group therapy and sensitivity training.
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There was always a dark side to the Human Potential Movement. If a positive attitude and a sense of self-worth are what matters for success, then failure is always your own fault.
She teaches several classes a week at her home studio, leads frequent workshops at Esalen Institute (a cradle of the human potential movement) and elsewhere, and directs a month-long intensive every fall at the rugged Northern California coastal community of Sea Ranch (which her husband was instrumental in designing).
He also examines that era's exodus of many mainstream believers to Eastern religions and the human potential movement. In analyzing the reasons for these changes, Lattin rightly focuses on the human desire for a direct experience of the sacred.
Grier and attributed the mental health problems of blacks to pervasive white racism, and George Leonard, a leader in the human potential movement, such workshops aimed to address and ameliorate interracial tensions--which appeared intractable at the national level--in small group settings.
"We're not hippies, but we are into the psychological and spiritual aspects of the human potential movement," says Zachariah Goldman, 31.
Entertaining footage of 1960s-70s "self-actualization" trends (encounter groups, primal scream therapy, est, et al.) is used to ridicule the Human Potential Movement's perceived re-directing of social idealism toward the indulgences of the Me Decade.
Along with the gurus, the Human Potential Movement seminars, and the transcendental meditation, a good number of seekers started investigating Sufism--the mystical practice within Islam.
"Rolfing had a reputation for pain during the 70s, when there was the human potential movement and we were looking for cathartic change," she says.
Futurist and social architect Barbara Marx Hubbard challenges us to grow beyond the human potential movement and into a broader sphere of sensibility and responsibility in Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social PotentiaL Consider a "social potential movement" made possible by people the world over who have independently concluded that history need not errantly repeat itself--for the first time historically, we have the opportunity to select a future in accordance with inclusive and humane values as opposed to propagating exclusive values which have apparently served only a percentage of the population.

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