Carl Rogers and His Influence on Modern Psychology Essay

Carl Rogers and His Influence on Modern Psychology
An examination of how Carl Rogers has influenced modern psychology, particularly the positive psychology movement.
# 112925 | 1,120 words | 5 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Mar 12, 2009 in Psychology (Rogers) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper discusses Carl Rogers as the founder of client-centered therapy. It first describes and examines his concept of client-centered therapy and how it needs to be applied by therapists during treatment sessions. The paper then looks at the ways that Rogers has influenced many psychological theories and therapies present today, especially positive psychology.

Table of Contents:
Client-Centered Therapy
Positive Psychology Movement
Carl Rogers and Positive Psychology

From the Paper:

"Many of Carl Rogers's ideas have been influential on modern psychological practices, and specifically in the area of positive psychology. Client-centered therapy is humanistic in nature and is concerned with the quality of human experience. Froh (2004) posits that positive psychology mimics the ideas of Rogers's theory in that it emphasizes the importance of positive subjective experiences to achieve significant personal growth, even though many positive psychologists have attempted to distance themselves and the new theory from past models of therapy. Many positive psychology theorists believe that those in the humanistic realm did not use scientific methodologies as a foundation for their theories. However, "humanistic psychology has an extensive research base that uses both positivistic and phenomenological designs" (Misiak & Sexton, 1973; as cited in Froh, p. 19)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Froh, J.J. (2004). The history of positive psychology: Truth be told. NYS Psychologist, 18-20.
  • Griffin, E.M. (2005). First Look at Communication Theory. New York: McGraw Hill.
  • La Torre, Mary Ann (2007). Positive Psychology: Is There Too Much of a Push? Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 43(3), 151-154.
  • Moon, K.A. (2001). Nondirective client-centered therapy with children. The Person-Centered Journal, 8(1), 43-53.
  • Rathus, S.A. (2004). Psychology. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.

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