INNER HUMANISM:
A PSYCHOTHERAPY APPROACH

Inner Humanism (IH), a psychotherapy approach, recognizes that all people are born with
an innate desire and a potential to be happy, to feel good about themselves, and to
experience meaningful close relationships. However, many people may find that they
are not as happy as they could be or not as satisfied with their personal, professional,
or family lives. Parents may also find that their children are burdened by low self-
esteem and lack pleasure from everyday activities with peers and at school. It is not
uncommon for people to feel controlled by their moods, unhappy in relationships or at
work, or to feel that they are not in charge of the choices and decisions they make in life.

IH believes that many common forms of unhappiness and emotional difficulties that
are typically viewed as inevitable or incurable are actually preventable and treatable.
Patterns or tendencies to unknowingly cause oneself unhappiness are learned rather
than innate fixed personality traits. Everyday examples of learned needs for
unhappiness in adults include being emotionally self-critical, fighting with others,
seemingly intractable habits like overeating, drinking and smoking; a general inability
to regulate moods and feelings (e.g., “I can’t help feeling this way.”), or engaging
in self-sabotaging behaviors after experiencing success. Children also develop
learned needs for unhappiness that can take the form of many behaviors including
temper tantrums, unsafe behavior, sleep disturbances, lack of school success, and
social problems.

Inner Humanism offers people hope that they can create the kind of life that they
want for themselves. IH psychotherapy helps individuals of all ages develop an
inner well-being that allows them to be in charge of their choices and moods, and
to live up to their full potential. IH shows that with the right kind of care and
therapeutic support, people can turn away from self-sabotaging behaviors and inner
unhappiness, and can learn to turn to selfcaretaking choices for a more fulfilling
life. IH psychotherapy also helps individuals develop a rock-solid inner well-being
and sense of self-worth that remains stable even in the face of life’s ups and downs.

For more information about Inner Humanism and Intrapsychic Humanism visit:

www.intrapsychichumanism.com
www.marthaheinemanpieperphd.com



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