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Rogers, Carl: Freedom to Learn

Carl Rogers (1902–1987) is often cited as being the father of modern client-centered therapy and humanistic psychology. Rogers (1940) stunned the psychological community in the early 1940s when he described the need for client-centered therapy, for from the time of Sigmund Freud, psychotherapy had been the domain of the therapist, cloaked in secrecy, and devoid of systematic research. In his acceptance speech for the Distinguished Professional Contribution Award in 1973 by the American Psychological Association, he reflected on his 46 years of efforts challenging psychologists to open psychotherapy “to public scrutiny and research investigation. I made possible the empirical study of highly subjective phenomena” (as cited in Evans, 1981, p. 123). Rogers found research and openness (transparency) in psychotherapy to be a means of changing ...

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