On July 14, 2020, the Psychology Today website featured an article by Michael Friedman, Ph.D. announcing a new podcast entitled Hardcore Humanism. Friedman states in the announcement: Each week, we will be celebrating, talking with, and learning from an outside-the-box thinker—musicians, artists, writers, activists, and entrepreneurs who challenged conventional norms, discovered their life’s purpose and dared to put that purpose into action.
As an interview-based podcast, it appears to support a particular variety of humanistic psychology as conceived by Dr. Friedman. At humanistfreedoms.com we are interested to explore forms of applied humanism – the ways that people use humanism as a starting point for engaging with life and all of its challenges and joys. The Hardcore Humanism Podcast is an example that we’ll be checking-in on from time to time.
You can find the Hardcore Humanism podcast/website at: https://www.hardcorehumanism.com/. According to the site, hardcore humanism is a life philosophy, therapeutic modality and life coaching program that brings together the compassionate holistic approach of humanistic psychology with the scientific rigor of behavioral therapy. Humanistic psychology promotes unconditional positive regard – a basic belief that all people are good and have value – as they strive to achieve their life’s purpose and best self.
With Hardcore Humanism, the Humanistic approach is optimized to include the hardcore work ethic and science-based approach of behavioral therapy. In other words, Hardcore Humanism means not only understanding and accepting yourself but also working in a methodical way to achieve your purpose and find fulfillment.
Hardcore Humanism was developed in part from Humanistic approaches to psychology and psychotherapy. While Hardcore Humanism overlaps with other forms of Humanism, e.g. Ethical Humanism, in our belief in the fundamental value and goodness of human beings and their ability to shape their own lives, Hardcore Humanism does not take a stance on the role of religion or spirituality in one’s life.
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