Anne Frank famously wrote, at the end of her personal account of hiding from the Nazis, “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” This sentiment captures the essence of the Humanist point of view.
What do you think about Anne Frank’s statement?
Do you agree with Freud’s darker vision, that we are driven by impulses that the ego and superego seek to regulate and control, or do you lean towards the humanist view that people are basically good and striving to attain self-actualization?
How does taking one side or the other influence one’s perception of the influences and factors surrounding personality?
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