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Rogers' Major Theoretical Contributions
Rogers' major theoretical contributions
Theory from Experience

Rogers tended to be highly suspicious of theories. His early experience of theological doctrine and later of psychoanalytical and behaviouristic dogma led him to the conclusion that the premature application of theoretical models made it more difficult to trust the evidence of one's own perceptions and intuitions. Most importantly, he discovered in his early clinical work that a reliance on theory could lead to a situation where the therapist attempted to fit or mould a client into a preconceived cognitive structure rather than engaging with the client's world as he or she experienced it. There came a time, as we have seen, when Rogers dared to view himself as a pioneer who could legitimately lay aside ...

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