On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotheraphy

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  • Copyright: 1995-09-07
  • Publisher: Mariner Companies, Inc.

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The late Carl Rogers, founder of the humanistic psychology movement, revolutionized psychotherapy with his concept of "client-centered therapy." His influence has spanned decades, but that influence has become so much a part of mainstream psychology that the ingenious nature of his work has almost been forgotten. A new introduction by Peter Kramer sheds light on the significance of Dr. Rogers's work today. New discoveries in the field of psychopharmacology, especially that of the antidepressant Prozac, have spawned a quick-fix drug revolution that has obscured the psychotherapeutic relationship. As the pendulum slowly swings back toward an appreciation of the therapeutic encounter, Dr. Rogers's "client-centered therapy" becomes particularly timely and important.

Table of Contents

Preface: To the Reader
"This is Me"p. 3
Some Hypotheses Regarding the Facilitation of Personal Growthp. 31
The Characteristics of a Helping Relationshipp. 39
What We Know About Psychotherapy - Objectively and Subjectivelyp. 59
Some of the Directions Evident in Therapyp. 73
What It Means to Become a Personp. 107
A Process Conception of Psychotherapyp. 125
"To Be That Self Which One Truly Is": A Therapist's View of Personal Goalsp. 163
A Therapist's View of the Good Life: The Fully Functioning Personp. 183
Persons or Science? A Philosophical Questionp. 199
Personality Change in Psychotherapyp. 225
Client-Centered Therapy in its Context of Researchp. 243
Personal Thoughts on Teaching and Learningp. 273
Significant Learning: In Therapy and in Educationp. 279
Student-Centered Teaching as Experienced by a Participantp. 297
The Implications of Client-Centered Therapy for Family Lifep. 314
Dealing with Breakdowns in Communication - Interpersonal and Intergroupp. 329
A Tentative Formulation of a General Law of Interpersonal Relationshipsp. 338
Toward a Theory of Creativityp. 347
The Growing Power of the Behavioral Sciencesp. 363
The Place of the Individual in the New World of the Behavioral Sciencesp. 384
Appendix: A Chronological Bibliography of the publications of Carl R. Rogers. 1930-1960p. 403
Acknowledgmentsp. 413
Indexp. 415
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