Carl Rogers (Key Figures in Counselling and Psychotherapy by Brian Thorne

By Brian Thorne

`Brian Thorne has arguably turn into the UK's top authority on Carl Rogers and his paintings, gaining this recognition by way of generating books which ooze the various qualaties that Rogers himslef espoused - frankness, readability, sensivity, insightfullness, thoroughness, humility and genorosity of spirit. This e-book won't disappoint the reader on any of those fronts. i might defy any person-centred practitioner to learn it with no, at a variety of instances, studying whatever new, being moved, encouraged, challenged and entertained' - Ipnosis As founding father of the person-centred method, Carl Rogers (1902-1987) is arguably the main influential psychologist and psychotherapist of the 20 th century. offering special insights into his lifestyles and a transparent rationalization of his significant theoretical rules, this booklet deals an obtainable advent for all practitioners and scholars of the person-centred procedure. Written through Brian Thorne, top person-centred practitioner and bestselling writer, the second one version explores the continued impression of Rogers in view that his demise and the improvement of person-centred remedy across the world. Drawing on his adventure of getting recognized and labored with Rogers, Brian Thorne superbly captures the best way Rogers labored with consumers and from that, attracts out the sensible implications of what's, in impression, a practical philosophy of human progress and relationships.

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Our experiences, it is clear, involve the transcendent, the indescribable, the spiritual. I am impelled to believe that I, like many others, have underestimated the importance of this mystical, spiritual dimension’ (Rogers, 1986b: 200). It appears that once again, and for the final time, Rogers the therapist had discovered the truth of which Rogers the man had greatest need. qxd 1/27/03 5:37 PM Page 23 The Life of Carl Rogers 23 relationships with women which gave him intense pleasure and enrichment.

Qxd 1/27/03 5:38 PM Page 38 38 Carl Rogers simulated) an outgoing, positive, non-possessive warmth for the client. Such acceptance extends to the full range of the client’s feelings and attitudes, from hostility and indifference to love and joy. Curiously enough it seems that for some therapists it is more difficult to accept unconditionally a client’s positive feelings than his or her negative ones. In his final statement (Rogers and Sanford, 1989), Rogers comments on this strange fact by suggesting that the kind of caring that the person-centred therapist aspires to achieve is a ‘gullible’ caring.

Rogers concluded from these changes and modifications in the self-concept that the self is not a fixed entity but a product of the person’s response to experience which takes the form of a ‘conceptual gestalt composed of perceptions of the characteristics of the “I’’ or “me’’ and the perceptions of the relationships of the “I’’ or “me’’ to others and to various aspects of life, together with the values attached to these perceptions’ (Rogers, 1959: 200). Additionally, the ‘gestalt’ is fluid and changing but is nevertheless a specific entity at any given moment which can to some extent be defined in operational terms.

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