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Carl Rogers and Therapy
An overview of the Rogerian theory of personality development.
# 50833 | 700 words | 4 sources | APA | 2004 | US
Published on Apr 23, 2004 in Psychology (Rogers) , Psychology (Therapies) , Psychology (Theory)

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In Rogerian therapy, the therapist enters into the client's ?phenomenological world? and, in mirroring this world, the therapist does not disagree, point out contradictions, or delve into the unconscious. This paper explains the key ideas of Carl Rogers's theory of personality development. It examines a 1995 study, which hypothesized that empathy is positively related to creativity and expressiveness and links the findings of this study to Rogers's theory.

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"The results provided support for the hypotheses that empathy (affective sensitivity) is "positively related to creativity and is inversely related to dogmatism," but does not support the hypothesized positive relationship between empathy and expressiveness (Carlozzi, Bull 1995).The findings suggest that "more creative individuals are more empathic that less creative individuals" the sensitivity that creative people manifest toward environmental stimuli may include affect experienced by other people in their environment? (Carlozzi, Bull 1995). Moreover, it supported the hypothesis that less dogmatic or more open-minded individuals are more empathic than dogmatic or closed-minded persons, due to the fact that open-minded individuals are "less likely to distort incoming messages, their perceptions of affective messages communicated by others may be more accurate" (Carlozzi, Bull 1995)."

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