Carl Rogers

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Carl Ransom Rogers (January 8, 1902February 4, 1987) was an influential American psychologist and among the founders of the humanistic approach to psychology.


On Becoming a Person (1961)

  • Experience is, for me, the highest authority. The touchstone of validity is my own experience. No other person's ideas, and none of my own ideas, are as authoritative as my experience. It is to experience that I must return again and again, to discover a closer approximation to truth as it is in the process of becoming in me. Neither the Bible nor the prophets -- neither Freud nor research -- neither the revelations of God nor man -- can take precedence over my own direct experience. My experience is not authoritative because it is infallible. It is the basis of authority because it can always be checked in new primary ways. In this way its frequent error or fallibility is always open to correction.
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  • If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning."
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  • It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried."
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  • "What I am is good enough, if I could just be it openly."
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  • People are just as wonderful as sunsets if I can let them be... When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner"... I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.
    • Carl Rogers, 1980, p. 22, as cited in Sundberg et al., 2002, p. 99.

Selected Works

  • Rogers, Carl. (1939). Clinical Treatment of the Problem Child.
  • Rogers, Carl. (1942). Counseling and Psychotherapy: Newer Concepts in Practice.
  • Rogers, Carl. (1951). Client-centered therapy: Its current practice, implications and theory. London: Constable. ISBN 1-84119-840-4.
  • Rogers, Carl. (1959). A theory of therapy, personality and interpersonal relationships as developed in the client-centered framework. In Psychology: A study of a science. Formulations of the person and the social context, Vol. III. Edited by Sigmund Koch.
  • Rogers, Carl. (1961). On becoming a person: A therapist's view of psychotherapy. London: Constable. ISBN 1-84529-057-7.
  • Rogers, Carl. (1969). Freedom to Learn (First Edition)
  • Rogers, Carl. (1980). A Way of Being.

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