‘This book... is not a single “meal” in itself but a positive “larder” containing every imaginable staple food and condiment all exquisitely and thoroughly researched. The book took Goff Barrett-Lennard 20 years to write and it will stand as a reference text for person-centred specialists for longer than that... an essential reference text... and a pantry full of delicious surprises’ — Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling
Chapter 5: Human Nature, Personality and Change: Theoretical Foundations of the Client-Centred System
Human Nature, Personality and Change: Theoretical Foundations of the Client-Centred System
A theory provides a basis for an active approach to life, not merely a comfortable armchair from which to contemplate its vicissitudes with detached complaisance. … Men can play active roles in the shaping of events. How they can be free to do this and still themselves be construed as lawful beings is a basic issue in any psychological theory. … The truths the theories attempt to fix are successive approximations to the larger scheme of things which slowly they help to unfold. Thus a theory is a tentative expression of what man has seen as a regular pattern in the surging events of life.