A Brief History

In 1967, Abraham Maslow received a call from the psychology department at West Georgia. One of the department's faculty, Jim Thomas, had been reading Rogers, Maslow, and Combs. Through them, he saw an approach to psychology that embodied his dream - a psychology education that spoke to students' lives. His persuasion won over his colleagues, and they asked Maslow to suggest a new department chair that could initiate a humanistic emphasis. They really had no idea what they were in for - they simply understood the need to make the teaching of psychology relevant to real life experience. Maslow nominated Mike Arons, who thought it up and made it happen.

The Humanistic Orientation at West Georgia
by Mike Arons, 1978Humanistic Orientation

Articles & Archives

Jim Klee Mike Arons
Described by Mike Arons as “a great man with a great heart and a great mind,” the late Dr. James B. Klee worked with Maslow at Brandeis in the 1960's and joined the West Georgia family in 1971, staying on until his retirement in 1987. His work explored the territory between categories by navigating his sailship of vision along the boundaries of words, concepts, and spheres of inquiry, between existing thoughts and disciplines, in a quest for openings to oceans of potential insight. In the interstices - in the ‘in between’ - he found a consciousness-expanding nexus of dimensionality and unity that reveals points of continuity among seemingly unrelated understandings. For Jim, the continuity was recognized in the discontinuity, the paradoxical, the ironic, the symbolic. "If Reader's Digest ever asks me for an article on 'The Most Unforgettable Character I Ever Met,' my choice would be easy. I think everyone who knows Mike Arons well would choose him without a second thought. Mike is Socrates and Zorba, Apollo and Dionysus, an elf and a wizard. He is ever-ready to encounter life, to embrace alterity, replete with dialectical contradictories, available to every possibility, every nuance. Where others would meet with disaster, Mike's openness discloses unforeseen opportunity." - Chris Aanstoos

Reflections on a Seminar in Madness
by Wally Stein, 1976

If McLuhan is Serious, Anthropology Isn't: The Question of Unexamined Worldview
Essay and annotated bibliography by Albert Michael Weber, 1968