On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1995 - Psychology - 420 pages
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The late Carl Rogers, founder of the humanistic psychology movement, revolutionized psychotherapy with his concept of "client-centered therapy." His influence has spanned decades, but that influence has become so much a part of mainstream psychology that the ingenious nature of his work has almost been forgotten. A new introduction by Peter Kramer sheds light on the significance of Dr. Rogers's work today. New discoveries in the field of psychopharmacology, especially that of the antidepressant Prozac, have spawned a quick-fix drug revolution that has obscured the psychotherapeutic relationship. As the pendulum slowly swings back toward an appreciation of the therapeutic encounter, Dr. Rogers's "client-centered therapy" becomes particularly timely and important.
  

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When we find our authentic selves, we know that we are not either monsters or angels. We are just human beings who struggle with our own lives. This fact has a power. Read full review

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Rogers spearheaded the shift to client centered therapy, and for that I am ever grateful to him! Interesting read from what seems like a very gentle man. Read full review

Contents

This is Me
3
How Can I Be of Help?
29
Some Hypotheses Regarding the Facilitation of Personal Growth
31
The Characteristics of a Helping Relationship
39
What We Know About Psychotherapy Objectively and Subjectively
59
The Process of Becoming a Person
71
Some of the Directions Evident in Therapy
73
What It Means to Become a Person
107
What Are the Implications for Living?
271
Personal Thoughts on Teaching and Learning
273
Significant Learning In Therapy and in Education
279
StudentCentered Teaching as Experienced by a Participant
297
The Implications of ClientCentered Therapy for Family Life
314
Dealing With Breakdowns in Communication Interpersonal and Intergroup
329
A Tentative Formulation of a General Law of Interpersonal Relationships
338
Toward a Theory of Creativity
347

A Process Conception of Psychotherapy
125
A Philosophy of Persons
161
To Be That Self Which One Truly Is A Therapists View of Personal Goals
163
A Therapists View of the Good Life The Fully Functioning Person
183
Getting at the Facts The Place of Research in Psychotherapy
197
Persons or Science? A Philosophical Question
199
Personality Change in Psychotherapy
225
ClientCentered Therapy in Its Context of Research
243
The Behavioral Sciences and the Person
361
The Growing Power of the Behavioral Sciences
363
The Place of the Individual in the New World of the Behavioral Sciences
384
A Chronological Bibliography of the publications of Carl R Rogers 19301960
403
Acknowledgments
413
Index
415
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Educated at the University of Wisconsin, Carl Rogers intended to become a Protestant minister, entering the Union Theological Seminary in 1924. When he realized that he was more interested in spirituality than religion, he left the seminary. While working on his Ph.D. at Columbia University, he began to question some of the accepted techniques of psychotherapy, especially in the area of therapist-patient relationships. According to Current Biography, "he is best known as the originator of the nondirective "client centered' theory of psychotherapy. This prescribes a person-to-person, rather than a doctor-patient relationship between therapist and client, and allows the client to control the course, pace, and length of his own treatment."Rogers incorporated many of the elements of this theory into the basic structure of encounter groups. The author of many books and articles, Rogers taught at several large universities for many years and conducted a private practice as a counseling psychologist. He received many professional awards in official recognition of his high achievements, most notably the presidency of the American Psychological Association (1946--47).

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