This book provides a key introduction to the theory, concepts and practice of the person-centred approach, through the lens of the practitioner's experience and personal development.
Writing as someone who has been through real life challenges and has developed and learned as a result, the author's strikingly personal style not only helps to contextualise complex and nuanced theory, but makes this a truly unique book about real person-centred practice and experience. From Roger's early philosophy through to the current developments and controversies in the field, the author uses personal testimonies, exercises and reflection points to make challenging concepts and practice issues accessible for the novice reader. What results is an informative and fascinating read for all those training and interested in the person-centred approach.
Chapter One: The Evolution of Rogers' Philosophy: Rogers' Life and the Development of His Attitudes and Ideas
The Evolution of Rogers' Philosophy: Rogers' Life and the Development of His Attitudes and Ideas
Carl Ransom Rogers was born on 8 January 1902 in Oak Park, an upper-middle-class suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Ethnically and politically diverse, the city is situated on the edge of America's ‘Bible Belt’ – an area of the United States in which conservative evangelical Protestantism is a significant social force and Christian church attendance is high. His mother a devout Christian and his father a successful civil engineer, Rogers' parents were religious, wealthy and disciplinarian.
When Rogers was twelve years old his parents moved the family to a farm some thirty miles west of Chicago in order ...