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 3: Rogers' Major Practical Contributions
Rogers' Major Practical Contributions
In his editorial commentary to the special issue of the Person-Centered Review celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of client-centred therapy, David Cain commented: ‘Rogers' impact … on the fields of psychology, psychotherapy, education and human relations in general can be variously described as momentous, persuasive, indirect or elusive’ (Cain, 1990: 357). It is true that many of Rogers' theoretical concepts have been absorbed into everyday psychological parlance without any acknowledgement of their origin (for example self-concept, positive regard) and much that was revolutionary in the early years of client-centred therapy is now apparently taken for granted by practitioners of many different therapeutic schools. It is this almost covert influence which leads some therapists to believe that person-centred therapy is ...