#360 – Rediscovering Humanistic Psychology with Jessica Grogan PhD

Jessica Grogan

Jessica Grogan, Ph.D., is the author of Encountering America: Humanistic Psychology, Sixties Culture, and the Shaping of the Modern Self (January 2013, Harper Perennial). After majoring in psychology at Vassar college, she performed her graduate work at the University of Texas and Texas State in American studies and professional counseling. She has taught courses on American history, sixties culture, and psychology at Southwestern University, the University of Texas, and Mount Holyoke College.

Dr. Grogan’s research covers a range of topics related to psychology and American culture. She has presented papers on humanistic psychology, American psychotherapy, psychedelics, Alcoholics Anonymous, the philosophy of psychological science, and the relationship of psychology to women’s liberation and civil rights for the American Studies Association, the American Historical Association, Cheiron International Association for the History of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the American Psychology Association.
Originally from Connecticut, Grogan now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, writer Daniel Oppenheimer, and her two children, Jolie and Asa.

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  1. Posted July 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    I think the best theory of the humanistic psychology is Gestalt Therapy.

    Though they were quite hostile to religion and so didn’t capture that part of the movment.

  2. Ralph Wilson_ND
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Dr. Grogan’s presence was brilliant; she and you had a great conversation about what has become the core of my career–how to be present for others as they discover who they are in the community where they are living. I’m planning on purchasing her book as soon as possible, and then relax and see the way she writes about what you two covered so well.

    I was glad that Dr. Dave ended the podcast with remarks about how she had given attention to the hopes for growth between “races” in America. There’s a lot to be done still but because of humanistic psychology we now have more opportunities to look at the situation as a growth-for-everyone process rather than as a contest to see who is standing last.

    I plan to include a link to her book in my next blog essay about important things that I know can benefit the less-advantaged, starting with the youth and younger generations. A few days ago I listened to Krysta Tippett of http://www.OnBeing.org as she interviewed social activists from many age cohorts active in the 50’s and up to the present day. Her interviews centered on Detroit. I plan to let those Detroit organizations know about Dr. Grogan and Dr. Van Nuys.

    Thanks to Shrink Rap Radio I’ve now fully made the shift from mechanistic medical thinking to seeing life as an individual experience of the gift of being part of something greater than one’s self. Caring for people (humans) does not need to mean ignoring God (however one defines God).

    These are fascinating days to be alive and I’m telling people about Dr. Dave in my announcements of the not-for-profit event I’m planning for next year: Wisdom Day 2014 in early March. If it is okay to include in this comment, here is the link for the new website that has the tab for Wisdom Day 2014: http://www.DCNN.pro . We can all make a difference, whether we are veterans (uniformed veterans, Civil Rights veterans, or health care veterans) or young people carrying the future of humanity in their hearts, their heads and their bodies.

    Words are not enough. Go live it.

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