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Humanistic Psychology: Branch of psychology emphasizing a holistic approach including self-actualization, creativity, and free choice.
American Psychological Association (2005). Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, PsycInfo

Transpersonal Psychology: Branch of psychology that is transpersonal, transhuman, centered in the cosmos rather than in human needs and interest, going beyond humanness, identity, self-actualization, and the like.
Moss, D. (1999). Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press

Research Resources
See Research Tips section below for research terminology and strategies.

The most useful resource for any psychology research. Includes citations to journal articles, books, book chapters, and dissertations. Includes materials both in and outside of CIIS’ Library. Links to full text articles that the CIIS Library subscribes to. Materials not owned by UWG may be requested through the Library’s InterLibrary Loan service.

CIIS Library Catalog
To find CIIS Library books, dissertations, and videos. Includes online books as well as print.

Guide to Humanistic Psychology
This extensive guide from John Rowan of the Association of Humanistic Psychology has short articles and bibliographies on most major topics in humanistic psychology.

Books in┬álibraries and in libraries across the United States. Books not owned by CIIS may be requested through the Library’s Interlibrary Loan service.

Research Tips

Simply typing in “transpersonal psychology” or “humanistic psychology” will only reveal a small portion of the available literature. Choice of search terms has a tremendous impact on the outcome of your search. Different databases use different terminology, and none rely entirely on the terms “humanistic” or “transpersonal.”

There is not as much literature as one might think on the topic of humanistic psychology, and even less on transpersonal psychology. You may wish to expand your search by looking for articles in related fields that may share key concepts.

Search for the following words or phrases from the advanced search screen as descriptors in PsycInfo or as keywords in the Library Catalog or WorldCat:

Client Centered Therapy
Consciousness Raising Groups
Consciousness States
Encounter Group Therapy
Existential Therapy
Gestalt Therapy
Human Potential Movement
Human Relations Training
Humanistic Psychology
Humanistic Psychotherapy
Neurolinguistic Programming
Rogers (Carl)
Self Actualization
Self Psychology
Sensitivity Training
Transactional Analysis
Transpersonal Psychology

In PsycInfo it may be useful to combine some or all of these terms using “or” in the advanced search screen and/or the “search history” feature.


Guide to Humanistic Psychology
This extensive guide from John Rowan of the Association of Humanistic Psychology has short explanatory articles and bibliographies on most major topics in humanistic psychology.

Humanistic Psychology Bibliography
This bibliography of classic and some recent books in the field was created by Arthur Warmoth, Past President of the Association of Humanistic Psychology. Last revised in 1994.

Maslow Bibliography
Abraham H. Maslow was one of the founders of humanistic psychology. This web site contains an extensive list of books, articles, films and audio recordings by Maslow, as well as many books about Maslow.

Rogers Bibliography
Carl Rogers was one of the founders of humanistic psychology. This bibliography comes from the book: Carl Rogers The Quiet Revolutionary: An Oral History. (Penmarin Books, 2002). It contains 36 pages of works by and about Carl Rogers.

Selected Journals

Most of these journals are indexed in PsycInfo. To locate articles within these journals, go to PsycInfo. Type the name of the journal in the first line of the search page, changing “keyword” to “journal name.” Type one or more keywords of interest in the second line, then launch the search.

Humanistic Psychologist: Bulletin of the Division of Humanistic Psychology

Humanity and Society
International Journal of Transpersonal Studies
Journal of Consciousness Studies
Journal of Humanistic Counseling
Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development
Journal of Humanistic Psychology
Journal of Transpersonal Psychology
ReVision: A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation
Self & Society: European Journal of Humanistic Psychology

Organizations of Interest

American Psychological Association
Association for Psychological Science
Association for Humanistic Psychology
Association for Humanistic Psychology in Britain
Association for Humanist Sociology
Association for Transpersonal Psychology
UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners

APA Division 32: Humanistic Psychology