As founder of the person-centred approach, Carl Rogers (1902–1987) is arguably the most influential psychologist and psychotherapist of the 20th century. This book provides unique insights into his life and a clear explanation of his major theoretical ideas.
This Third Edition is co-authored by Brian Thorne and Pete Sanders, leading person-centred practitioners and bestselling authors. Pete Sanders contributes a new chapter on “The Ongoing Influence of Carl Rogers”, covering topics such as research, the emerging tribes in person-centred tradition, and its interaction with the medical profession.
Brian Thorne draws on his experience of having known and worked with Rogers to beautifully describe the way in which Rogers worked with clients and from that, to draw out the practical implications of what is, in effect, a functional philosophy of human growth and relationships.
In the twenty years since the first edition of Carl Rogers appeared, the book has continued to provide an accessible introduction for all practitioners and students of the person-centred approach.
Chapter 1: The Life of Carl Rogers
The Life of Carl Rogers
Childhood and Adolescence
Carl Ransom Rogers was born on 8 January 1902 in a suburb of Chicago called Oak Park. He was the fourth of six children, five of whom were boys, and the family could trace its roots far back into United States history. Rogers' father, Walter, was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at a time when college education was not widespread, and when Carl was born he had already established himself as an up and coming businessman in the engineering field. Carl's mother, Julia, had also attended college for two years and, like her husband, she came from a family which had first crossed the Atlantic in the seventeenth century and had made ...