James Bugental

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James Frederick Thomas Bugental
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Born December 25, 1915
Died September 17, 2008
Era 20th century
Region Existential-Humanistic Psychology
School Existential-Humanistic Therapy
Notable ideas
Postulates of Humanistic Psychology
Elizabeth & Jim Bugental

James Frederick Thomas Bugental[1] (December 25, 1915 – September 17, 2008) was one of the predominant theorists and advocates of the Existential-Humanistic Therapy movement. He was a therapist, teacher and writer for over 50 years. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University, was named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in 1955, and was the first recipient of the APA's Division of Humanistic Psychology's Rollo May Award. He held leadership positions in a number of professional organizations, including president of the California State Psychological Association.

Theory[edit]

In "The Search for Authenticity" (1965), Bugental summarized the postulates of Humanistic Psychology, often quoted by other theorists:

  • Human beings cannot be reduced to components.
  • Human beings have in them a uniquely human context.
  • Human consciousness includes an awareness of oneself in the context of other people.
  • Human beings have choices and responsibilities.
  • Human beings are intentional, they seek meaning, value and creativity.

Publications[edit]

  • "The Search for Authenticity" (1965)
  • "The Search for Existential Identity" (1976)
  • "Psychotherapy and Process" (1978)
  • "Intimate Journeys: Stories from Life-Changing Therapy" (1990)
  • "The Art of the Psychotherapist" (1992)
  • "Psychotherapy Isn't What You Think" (1999) This is available free to read on Google Books

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stefan E. Schulenberg, Approaching Terra Incognita with James F. T. Bugental: An Interview and an Overview of Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy (2003), 33, 4, pp. 273-285.

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