Carl Contributions Of Carl Rogers

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Carl Rogers was born and raised in the USA, he was an All-American boy going up except he was raised in a strict fundamentalist religious home. He grew up with conditions placed on his existence that he was only as good as he acted or behaved and the love he would receive may have been determined by this. As a hardworking and faithful young man, his environment was his reality it was all he knew. Carl worked on his family’s farm and became interested in the science of agriculture, while attending school he went on a Christian mission trip to China and this steered his passion to change his education route, and continued his studies at Union theological seminary in New York. Carl had a passion for his studies but was concerned about focusing on one religion or way of thinking as this could lead him right back to his rigid and narrow upbringing. At this point, being his third and final change, he decided on clinical psychology and attended Columbia University. He spent many years working with under privileged and disadvantaged children, through this experience he would learn the importance of unconditional love and positive regard and the impact it has on us in our early development. He learned that regardless of our conditions and existential “givens” a person can still reach their full potential by changing the way they see themselves and the world. This would be the beginning of Rogerian psychotherapy and Roger’s “theory of personality” and his contributions and impact on Humanistic psychology. Client-centered therapy. His time was spent between 1928-1940 working with thousands of troubled youth, this is when he began developing his own ideas around counseling and psychotherapy, this was during a time of full force psychiatry a... ... middle of paper ... ... with the “given” of existence. way, the client knows what they need, actually they are the only one that knows what they need, The goal here is to create a relationship and environment that will allow the client to feel unconditional positive regard (UPR), they will feel accepted and understood for who they are at this moment; this type of environment is conducive to real positive change in a person’s life. They are in control and have choices and can be fully responsible for their change,…huge impact on clinical and counseling psychology???? Humanistic existential psychotherapy----- Consciousness----our knowing of our potential/whereas Freud belived it was the holder of everything bad our secrets---it holds our secrets to our potential. Rogers models and personality theories made quite a stir with the behaviorists at the time, specifically B.F. Skinner, Rogers
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