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Humanistic & Transpersonal Psychology Research Guide

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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 CIIS 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 NCCPL libraries 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 CIIS 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

CIIS print 1986+
Humanity and Society
UC Berkeley 1986-2002 or
request articles via Interlibrary Loan
International Journal of Transpersonal Studies
CIIS print 1998+
Journal of Consciousness Studies
CIIS print 1996+; CIIS online 1994+
Journal of Humanistic Counseling
CIIS print 1999+
Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development
CIIS online 06/01/1999 to 18 months ago
Journal of Humanistic Psychology
CIIS print 1961+; CIIS online 2000 to 1 year ago
Journal of Transpersonal Psychology
CIIS print 1969+; CIIS online 1969+
ReVision: A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation
CIIS print 1980+; CIIS online 1990+
Self & Society: European Journal of Humanistic Psychology
not available in Bay Area libraries
request articles via Interlibrary Loan

Additional Research Resources

CIIS Journal List
Journals that CIIS subscribes to. Includes both print and online journals.

CIIS Interlibrary Loan
Courier service offered through the CIIS Library. Will obtain books, dissertations, articles from outside CIIS. Allow two weeks for delivery.

CIIS Research Assistance
Librarians will assist you with your research in person, on the phone, or online. See options under "Research Help."

NCCPL - Other Bay Area Psychology Libraries
A consortium of Bay Area psychology libraries open to CIIS students. You may borrow directly from the following libraries after obtaining an NCCPL card from CIIS:

Alliant International University
Argosy University/San Francisco Bay Area Campus
California Institute of Integral Studies
C. G. Jung Institute
Dominican University of California
Holy Names University
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
John F. Kennedy University
Pacifica Graduate Institute
Palo Alto University
Saint Mary's College of California
Samuel Merritt University
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
Wright Institute

Links to individual NCCPL Libraries

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

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