Lege Artis Medicinae

[American-Hungarian forerunners of humanistic psychology and medicine: Andras Angyal and Bela Mittelmann ]

KELEMEN Gábor

JANUARY 20, 2020

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2020;30(01-02)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.33616/lam.30.002

[The fact that there are two significant Hungarian pioneers in humanistic psycho­therapy is still not recognised in the Hungarian academic community. In order to redress this omission the author compares and considers the careers of András Angyal and Béla Mittelmann. Both individuals left Hungary in 1920, settling first in Europe and subsequently in America, where they separately enjoyed successful careers. According to the author the trajectory of their lives is quite representative of many Hungarian emigrants during this period in history. This study examines the course of their life and explores their main achievements in the context of their contemporary relevance and enduring legacies. In the case of Angyal, it is the holistic-organismic theory of personality and influence on Maslow, which are his paramount achievements. As regards Mittelmann his topical contribution has been to the practice of “coaching” on the one hand and the application of dance and body therapy to recovery on the other. ]

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