In Encountering America:Humanistic Psychology, Sixties Culture, and the Shaping of the Modern Self, cultural historian Jessica Grogan traces the impact of the humanistic psychology movement on contemporary American cultural consciousness—from New Age yoga and sensitivity training to the ever-present concerns about wellness, identity, and purpose. Drawing on massive, untapped primary sources from iconic thought leaders like Abraham Maslow, Rollo May, and Timothy Leary, Grogan offers new and invaluable insight into humanistic psychology’s origins, and how these luminaries and the culture of the 1960s have come to shape our contemporary cultural sensibilities.
Grogan's book just came out at the end of December, but it seems to have quickly amassed a following in the academic community: we just found out that it's already being taught at two institutions! Professors at Vassar College adopted Encountering America for a group-taught course in the psychology department entitled "Individual Differences and Personality." It's also being taught in a 130 person lecture class on psychology and religion at the University of Virginia!
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Praise for Encountering America:
“Spot-on reporting, an unbiased presentation, and an admirable attention to detail make this a valuable resource for psychologists and scholars of American counterculture movements.”—Publishers Weekly