History and Systems of Psychology

ASSIGNMENT 08 PS320 History and Systems of Psychology Directions: Be sure to save an electronic copy of your answer before submitting it to Ashworth College for grading. Unless otherwise stated, answer in complete sentences, and be sure to use correct English, spelling, and grammar. Sources must be cited in APA format. Your response should be four (4) double‐spaced pages; refer to the “Format Requirementsʺ page for specific format requirements.

While the first half of the 20th century was dominated by psychoanalysis and behaviorism, a new school of thought known as humanistic psychology emerged during the second half of the century.

Following the guidelines below, write a paper using the information from lessons 5-7.

1. Explain who were the major contributors of humanistic psychology providing two (2) examples to support your rationale.

2. Briefly summarize the basic beliefs of humanistic psychologists, providing two (2) examples.

3. Discuss criticisms of humanistic psychology, providing two (2) examples.

4. Include a minimum of three (3) credible citations.

Grading Rubric

Please refer to the rubric on the next page for the grading criteria for this assignment.


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