Division 32 of the American Psychological Association
MARCH 30 – APRIL 2, 2017
Point Park University
Love, Ethics and Social Justice
Transforming the Self in the Service of Others
About the Conference Theme
Humanistic psychology is set apart by a concern with research methods that are qualitative in addition to quantitative in design. It shares more than existential skepticism regarding metaphysical claims about what it means to be human. Humanistic psychology is more fundamentally defined by values of an ethical nature. Humanistic psychologists embrace an ethical presupposition that affirms the dignity of all persons and advocate a call for all to be concerned about others, and to take action in the service of others.
Humanistic psychology has traditionally and explicitly been concerned with issues of social justice. It is in the spirit of social justice that we aim to address theoretical and practical applications of the attitude of agape love — an unconditional commitment to the well-being of others, and sacrifice for the sake of others. This is an attitude endorsed by the major contributors to humanistic psychology. Maslow referred to this concern for the other as “love knowledge”. Rogers embraced it through his emphasis on a therapeutic relationship based in unconditional positive regard, empathy, and genuineness. Frankl endorsed love as a major source of meaning in life. Rollo May emphasized the dialectic between love and will.
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