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.

Organismic Experience and the Impact of the Conditions of Worth

Organismic experience and the impact of the conditions of worth

All living entities with a central nervous system will encounter some form of organismic experience; an organism's physiological senses will naturally respond to its internal and/or external experiences.

As human beings we physically sense all that we existentially encounter, although as these visceral and sensory feelings occur we may not always be directly aware that they are taking place because such sensations may be recognised only vaguely and below the conscious level (Rogers, 1951: 491).

However, as intelligent creatures we develop the intellectual prowess to be able to add perception and assign rationality to such instinctual or felt experience and within this experience we can differentiate and recognise ...

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