This diverse and compelling documentary chronicles the rise of Humanistic Psychology, a movement largely founded by Abraham Maslow, whose “hierarchy of needs” many readers will be familiar with. Diverging in important ways from the behaviorism and psychoanalysis that preceded it, Humanistic Psychology focused more strongly on the “normal” personality, and sought to develop a formal model of the healthy human psyche and its unactualized potentials.

Maslow, along with Carl R. Rogers, Rollo May, Viktor E. Frankl and many others, found alternatives to the cold and often impersonal therapies available at the time, favoring instead a person-centred approach which took into account the subjective world of the individual and sought to treat that world with care and open-minded attention.

We see Alan’s first appearance around twenty-two minutes into the film, where he speaks about the issues facing the psychiatrist in the world of the time, around 1971.