Books by Julius Seeman
This book, first published in 1983, is a collection of studies covering a period of 35 years, concerning the characteristics of highly effective persons. These studies were conducted by the author and his students, starting with his work at the University of Minnesota and University of Chicago, and continuing at George Peabody College (now part of Vanderbilt University).
This body of research began with an interest in the theory of psychotherapy put forward by Carl Rogers, and a desire to discover the characteristics of what Rogers called “The Fully Functioning Person.” Over time the research program evolved beyond the realm of psychotherapy, looking at what characterizes highly effective people in a variety of settings and across the age span.
The studies described in this book cover different sub-systems of the person — physiological, perceptual-cognitive, and interpersonal — leading to what Dr. Seeman would later synthesize as the Human System Model.
HUMANISTIC PSYCHOTHERAPIES: HANDBOOK OF RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
Editor, David J. Cain
Associate Editor, Julius Seeman
American Psychological Association, 2001
Humanistic Psychotherapies: Handbook of Research and Practice offers readers an outstanding compendium of the latest research and practice techniques in this important field. In addition to the editors’ comprehensive overview of the history, defining characteristics, and evolution of humanistic psychotherapies, leading experts illustrate significant research results in the last decades and document the effectiveness of major humanistic therapeutic approaches, including client-centered, Gestalt, existential, and experiential.
The research presented shows these approaches to be equivalent and, in many cases, superior to others in treating a wide range of psychopathology. Contributors also offer guidelines for practice and introduce innovative and sophisticated methods for working with an increasingly difficult, diverse, and complex range of individuals, couples, families, and groups.
Of particular interest are chapters focusing on empirical evidence from humanistic psychotherapeutic practice that demonstrate the importance of the psychotherapeutic relationship and therapist empathy in effecting successful client outcome. The book also stresses the effectiveness of humanistic psychotherapies in establishing methods for working with client emotion and enabling patients with severe disabilities such as schizophrenia to progress in their development and functioning.
This handbook will be an invaluable resource for not only teachers and students but also practitioners and researchers.
PSYCHOTHERAPY AND THE FULLY FUNCTIONING PERSON
Long before there were empirically supported treatments or randomized clinical trials of psychotherapy, a group at the University of Chicago was conducting the first psychotherapy research, led by Carl Rogers. Jules Seeman was there at the beginning, as an early Research Coordinator for this project. In this new volume of unpublished and previously-published works, and new essays, Dr. Seeman takes us on a journey from the very beginnings of psychotherapy research, through a long career studying optimal functioning (the precursor of what is now called positive psychology), and capping it off with chapters synthesizing work on optimal functioning and human systems.
The book illustrates how central elements of a person’s behavioral systems are integrally linked, and how it is possible to intervene at different points of the human system to affect other behavioral systems within the person. Using detailed narratives and excerpts from humanistic-experiential psychotherapy cases, the book integrates an understanding of therapy and research in a way that exemplifies the scientist-practitioner model.