|dc.description.abstract||The topic of this paper is of such a nature that in order to
be understood in the proper context distinct limits must be set.
For this reason, let us briefly outline the aim of the paper so
that the reader may be better able to understand What the author
intends to discuss and what he intends to exclude from the discussion.
The first thing that must be said is that this paper is not
intended to be a presentation of a scientific nature, in the traditional
use of the term scientific. No attempt has been made to
validate the view of man that is discussed by use of scientifically
controlled experiments. On the contrary the paper is devoted to
the presentation of a theory of man, or more precisely a view of
man, which has been taken from the way in which man presents himself.
This is not to say that many of the ideas presented in this
discussion can not be experimentally validated, but it is in way
of saying that the nature of the paper is to present a view of man
which may prove to be a more fruitful direction for research than
some of the alternative views which now are popular in psychology.
A second thing that must be said is that the paper is not
meant to discredit or make light of the work being done in other
areas of psychological inquiry. As was said above, this discussion
is concerned with man-as-such, and the way in which the
subject is approached is unimportant so long as the existing
person is not destroyed in the process. This means that the
final question must always be, is the idea of man that is being
used to understand human behavior consistent with the way in
which the existing, emerging, self-actualizing person is relating
to the world around him?
Finally, the nature of the paper is psychological rather than
philosophical or theological. The author has refrained, when possible,
from discussing the implications of some of the ideas in
other areas and limited himself to the area of psychological concerns. Some people will argue that much which is contained in this
paper cannot rightly be placed within the area of psychology, but
this view represents a narrow approach to the study of human behavior,
and a limitation on the field of psychological investigation which the
author is unwilling to accept.||en_US