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 Five: On Being Fully Functioning and ‘Becoming a Person’
On Being Fully Functioning and ‘Becoming a Person’
In relation to being and becoming self, one of the questions my students often ask is: ‘How can I have a congruent and consistent “self-gestalt” (pattern) when I recognise that I am different with different people and changeable in varied situations?’
The answer lies in Rogers’ Nineteen Propositions; self is not a fixed or static entity. Self is ever growing, capable of change and indeed will inescapably change as life experiences organically impact on our singular personalities. More specifically the answer is manifest in the person-centred premise that self is a loose gestalt of attributes, traits and characteristics that grow and develop and come to the fore and/or recede in us ...