Combs was a psychologist who put forth the theory of the phenomenal field.Combs developed this theory together with Donald Snygg.Most humanists feel that this theory did not get the attention
it deserved because it was too simple, too clear, and too practical.Combs and Snygg felt that, “all behavior, without
exception is completely determined by and pertinent to the phenomenal field of the behaving
organism.”They asserted that the phenomenal field is
our subjective reality or the world we are aware of.It includes physical objects and people as well as behaviors, thoughts, images fantasies, and feelings.With this understanding, they believe that the only way to
understand or predict people’s behavior is to get at their phenomenal field.The implication for education was that
learning occurs only when it has relevance and meaning to the learner.