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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It also discusses human potential movements and communes, such as EST, Esalen and The Farm.
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.
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.
While I think it extremely important not to be seduced by moralizing on the purity of self-sacrificing love, especially as this relates to central cultural myths like the nobility of motherhood or Jesus' substitutionary self-sacrifice for human sin, I find the psychology of the human potential movement as the justification for self-fulfillment every bit as troubling in its ideology of self-interest and individual autonomy.

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