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** Encountering America by Jessica Grogan

Encountering America: Humanistic Psychology, Sixties Culture, and the Shaping of the Modern Self¬†shows how the so-called humanistic psychology of the sixties is making a large impression to this day on popular culture while its theoretical underpinnings have been mostly disputed and replaced. The massive subtitle is a clue that the author is a scholar, and beyond writing long subtitles she can produce clunky prose, as in “[T]he founders of humanistic psychology […] shared several things in common”, as well as linger in details that may obscure the more interesting question of the long-term effect of the movement.

If you are curious about this period, I would suggest reading instead Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion, which does not include the interesting narrative of the theoreticians but I thought was much more entertaining.

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