Alvin R. Mahrer Ph.D., is the author of 19 books and approximately 250 other publications on psychotherapy. Currently, he is a Professor Emeritus at the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa and recipient of the Researcher of the Year Award from that University.
Dr. Mahrer has also been honoured by several Divisions of the American Psychological Association with a Distinguished Psychologist Award, as a Living Legend in Psychotherapy, and a recipient of the Rollo May Award for Pursuit of New Frontiers of Knowledge. Raymond Corsini in his preface to “Current Psychotherapies” refers to Mahrer’s experiential psychotherapy “as revolutionary as was Freud’s 100 years ago and Carl Rogers’ 50 years ago.”
Following graduation with a doctorate in 1954, Mahrer spent the first 45 years or so cobbling together, creating, developing, researching, and refining his experiential psychotherapy. He then turned to a quixotic adventure of 11 books aimed at revolutionizing the field of psychotherapy for the next hundred years or so.
The Optimal Person and its companion volume, The Manual of Optimal Behaviors, continue this revolutionary adventure. Both these books serve as helpful guides to understanding and providing a model to follow when you are ready to become the person you can become.
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Preface To The Reader
Guidelines For How To Use The Manual Of Optimal Behaviors - The Optimal Behaviors
(1) Begin The Day By Dedicating Yourself To Optimal Behaviors
(2) Have Experiential Sessions As A Regular Part Of Your Life
(3) You Have Regular Sessions Of Learning And Practicing Optimal Behaviors
(4) You Can Be In A State Of Welcoming This Moment
(5) You Can Be Attuned, Receptive, And Responsive To Bodily-Felt Sensations
(6) You Can Receive, Welcome, And Give Voice To Different Parts Of You
(7) You Can Appreciate The Personal World Of The Other Person