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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A Preface To The Reader
(1) What Is A Meaning Of 'Optimal'?
(2) How Can We Identify 'Optimal' Ways Of Being And Behaving?
(3) How Can You Become A Person With Optimal Ways Of Being And Behaving?
(4) Do 'Optimal' People Have Similar Ways Of Being And Behaving? The Experiential Answer
(5) How To Become A Person Of Optimal Behavior: The Experiential Answer
(6) What Are Some Exciting Possibilities If We Could Achieve An Optimal State?