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.

Rogers' Original Theory of Personality and Behaviour: The Nineteen Propositions

Rogers' original theory of personality and behaviour: The nineteen propositions

Rogers' theory of personality and behaviour can be the most difficult aspect of the Person-Centred Approach to understand. However, it is necessary to come to an appreciation of Rogers' assumptions, for within these lie a consistent theoretical view on how people's personalities develop, how and why people might change and under what conditions such change might occur.

Initially Rogers was writing at a time when his ideas were new, and he expressed his innovative concepts through the use of complex language that is model-specific (Rogers, 1951: 481–533). He sets out nineteen propositions (postulations) of personality and behaviour on which person-centred theory and clinical practice largely rest. These ...

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