Why Does Humanistic Psychology Work in Addiction Treatment?
This month we want to share with you the reminder that you hold the ability to be just as much a Healer to others as you were to yourself on your journey of recovery. The staff at Good Heart Recovery utilize a humanistic perspective when it comes to seeing each one of you as a human being living their own lives and with their own needs. You have the ability to use this perspective when working with others and with yourself, too!
How Can You Help Others Using Humanistic Psychology?
Basic Techniques to Utilize Humanistic Psychology
Sharing Human Perception
Instead of assessing someone and asking yourself “What is this person like?” and then moving forward with your view of them, ask yourself
“What is it like to be this person?”
Taking a subjective perception of other people allows you to see them for who they really are, and not who you are in reference to them or who they are in reference to you.
Importance of Psychological Positivity
Perceiving Human Behavior through Humanistic Psychology
One perspective that Good Heart Recovery’s addiction treatment team work off of is the perspective that a human being can only view themselves in a positive way if others they receive unconditional positive regard from others (The mirror effect, as some of you have been shown in our group therapy processes). People tend to move towards their full potential and grow when others believe in them and accept their process as progress and not perfection. Do you contribute to the unconditional positive regard of others around you?
Real Self versus Ideal Self
People around you are constantly feeling as though they are not good enough. You may know this feeling. Even people who put on an act of full confidence may be struggling with another person in their life who expects more and treats them poorly because of it. One of your greatest gifts as a human being is that you have all the ability in the world to be a person in their life that tells them that their Real Self is enough and great and worthy of love. Give it to them without conditions and watch how they succeed.
Basic Human Needs
Reminder that you can help others in many different ways from a small act of giving to a large action that is life-changing. We all have basic needs. If you see someone coughing around you, offer them a glass of water. If you see someone scared, ask them if they’d like you to comfort them, stand near them, or distract them. If you see you can give to another human being and you have the appropriate means to do so, do it.