Biological and Humanistic Approaches To Personality This paper seeks to explore biological and humanistic approaches to personality formation and development through contrasting the two, as well as by referencing Maslow’s theory of the hierarchy of needs which includes higher needs for the actualization of ones personality. To begin with, it should be stated that humanistic approaches to the understanding of personality are moreover based in the idea that people have innate potentials which they are capable of realizing: “humanism emphasizes that perceptions are centered in experience, as well as the freedom and responsibility to become what one is capable of becoming” (Mirriam & Caffarella, 1999, p. 256-257). It is also assumed in...The end:
.....y deem. If looked at from the extreme underpinnings of each theory these two views are incompatible. However, as previously stated, I believe that they are potentially able to work well together, if each side keeps an open mind and learns what it can from the other. REFERENCES Maslow, A. (1954). Motivation and personality. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, Inc. Maslow, A. (1968). Toward a psychology of being. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Merriam, S. B. & Caffarella, R.S. (1999). Learning in adulthood: a comprehensive guide, 2cd edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers. Newbauer, A. & Neubauer, P.B. (1990). Nature’s thumbprint: The new genetics of personality. Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc.