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Comparison of Theories Humanism and Behaviourism The Humanistic approach basically states that we strive to be all that we can be reaching out through life to fully use all our abilities and potential This is why we behave the way we do It views personality and human development in a positive and optimistic way focusing on personal traits free will feelings motives and thoughts But there is not much empirical evidence to support this theory The Behavioristic approach however surmises that an individuals behaviour is controlled exclusively by the external environment where humans and animals learn through conditioning and observational imitation which I think is a rather robot-like as the textbook puts it approach Though Skinner and Bandura provide quite a lot of evidence for their Behaviouristic theories I think that humans do learn from conditioning and observing but that only does not contribute to our behaviour In my view both Humanism and Behaviourism have relevance to the understanding of personality and human development - I cant say one has more relevance over the other What we have learnt does actually help us to use all of our abilities and potential Behaviourism and Humanism kind of work with each other I do not agree with just one of the models Humanistic or Behavioural but I believe a bit of both I reckon the individual is made up of yes some repertoire behaviours resulting from environment nurture and also personal traits nature that are characteristic of the individual
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