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Carl Rogers and Positive Psychology
This paper takes a look at Carl Rogers' theories of positive psychology.
# 120188 | 2,327 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 06, 2010 in Psychology (Rogers) , Psychology (History of Psychology)

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This paper describes how Carl Rogers' life and experiences impacted his theories of positive psychology. The paper traces Rogers' childhood and family relationships, with special attention given to his mother and her religious outlooks. Rogers' education and travels are also seen as having a profound influence on his world view and the theories he developed. In particular, the paper emphasizes Rogers' approach to clients with unconditional positive regard which he felt was necessary for therapy to be effective. The paper also incorporates some of the author's own personal views and experiences, especially in view of his decision to pursue a career in counseling.

From the Paper:

"At the very liberal Union Theological Seminary, Rogers and his peers would meet regularly to conduct seminars outside of their coursework. Rogers recalled that this was personally liberating and moved him to develop his own philosophy of life. It also influenced him to choose a different career. He felt that questions as to the meaning of life, and the possibility of the constructive improvement of life for individuals, would probably always interest him, but he could not work in a field where he would be required to believe in some specified religious doctrine . His beliefs had already profoundly changed, and he expected them to continue to change."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baker, K. (2004). The mystical power of person-centered therapy. [review of same titled book]. British Journal of Guidance and counseling, 32, (2).
  • Polyrazli, S. (2003). Validity of Rogerian therapy in Turkish culture: A cross cultural perspective. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development 42, (Spring), 107-115.
  • Rogers, C. R. (1961). On becoming a person: A therapist's view of psychotherapy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
  • Rogers, C. R. (1996) Person-centered psychology and taoism: The reception of Lao-Tzu. ( R. David Cummins - trans.) International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 6, (2) p. 107.
  • Rogers, C. R. & Farson, R. (1987). Active listening. Communicating in Business Today. D.C. Health & company

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