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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.

Criticisms and Rebuttals
Criticisms and rebuttals

Rogers had his critics from the very beginning and they have not grown less vociferous with the passage of the years. At the present time the standing of person-centred scholars and therapists within the world of academic psychology is often shaky: in some countries they are regarded as naive enthusiasts from a former age or they suffer the greatest indignity of all – indifference. In Britain, the last twenty years have seen a welcome shift in this situation with a resurgence of research activity and a strengthening of the professional identity of person-centred practitioners through well-established training programmes and professional groupings. Nonetheless, it continues to be the case that the person-centred viewpoint does not align itself easily with the spirit ...

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