Carl Rogers Theory

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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…show more content…
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 and psychoanalysis…… This was the post WWII to and during the cold war, people we being exposed to mental illness and aggressive approaches to dealing with the post war…show more content…
“I became infected with Rankian ideas”, said Rogers (Kramer, 1995) which interestingly were fueled by Freudian theories. Otto Ranks was about the here and now, and learning new and unlearning the old. This fits into Roger’s understanding and his onw ideas at the time, but he focused on the responsibilities the therapist has to the client. Similaril,y Freud’s theories were around allowing the patient to be in control of the session through the therapist not in sight and the patient be able to just speak and allow the thoughts come as they may. Whereas, Roger’s took the understanding of the client being in control of the session in a different form, he supported the environment in ways that would promote self-realization, that regardless of who they are or what they have done, they are worthy and can make choices and have free will. Roger’s changed the whole concept around therapy by using the word client; as a patient implies an illness, as well as they have to or need to see the doctor, this taking away the client having a choice. Whereas, the word client indicates, that the person has choices and decides to go and see a therapist: they have a choice and
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