Humanistic Perspective v Positive Psychology

The Humanistic perspective and Positive Psychology are similar in many ways. For example, Abraham Maslow, a prominent Humanistic psychologist, identified “Peak Experiences” which could be described as a “perfect moments in time“. According to the Humanistic Perspective, psychologically healthy individuals are motivated by the pursuit of these “peak experiences“.


Within Positive Psychology, there is the concept of “flow“, which can be described as a state of mind in which an individual preforming an action or task is really into doing the action or task. It’s like being “in the zone“.  It’s similar to doing what you love and loving what you do.


Although there are differences between the two perspectives, they both seem to focus on positive motivators. I love having peak experiences and I love being “in the zone“. So, the analogy does exist.