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By Brian Thorne

`Brian Thorne has arguably develop into the UK's prime authority on Carl Rogers and his paintings, gaining this popularity by means of generating books which ooze a few of the qualaties that Rogers himslef espoused - frankness, readability, sensivity, insightfullness, thoroughness, humility and genorosity of spirit. This ebook won't disappoint the reader on any of those fronts. i'd defy any person-centred practitioner to learn it with out, at a number of instances, studying anything new, being moved, encouraged, challenged and entertained' - Ipnosis As founding father of the person-centred method, Carl Rogers (1902-1987) is arguably the main influential psychologist and psychotherapist of the 20 th century. delivering precise insights into his lifestyles and a transparent clarification of his significant theoretical principles, this booklet deals an available advent for all practitioners and scholars of the person-centred strategy. Written by means of Brian Thorne, top person-centred practitioner and bestselling writer, the second one version explores the ongoing impression of Rogers seeing that his dying and the advance of person-centred remedy across the world. Drawing on his event of getting recognized and labored with Rogers, Brian Thorne superbly captures the best way Rogers labored with consumers and from that, attracts out the sensible implications of what's, in influence, a practical philosophy of human progress and relationships.

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In this sense the therapist is transparent to the client and is able to own, and express if necessary, the thoughts, feelings and attitudes which are currently flowing within him or her. Achieving this condition is no easy task for it requires of the therapist a continuing openness to inner experience even if what is experienced poses a threat to the therapist’s self-concept. In effect the therapist is challenged to maintain his or her genuineness by accurately symbolizing and including in the self-concept even those feelings and thoughts which are initially unwelcome and alien.

Secondly, the therapist embodies and conveys an attitude towards the client which can be described as acceptant and prizing. Thirdly, the therapist achieves an empathic understanding of the client’s internal and external reality as if through the client’s eyes. Finally, Rogers draws attention to another apparently self-evident condition. He states that it is necessary for the client to perceive, to some minimal degree, the congruence, the acceptance and understanding of the therapist. In this brief analysis of the psychologically facilitative relationship Rogers, emboldened by practice and research, offers a view of the therapeutic relationship which remains today as radical and disturbing as it did forty years ago.

Nor were the results of the study particularly exciting. There were no significant differences between the therapy group and the control group although high therapeutic conditions of congruence and empathy did correlate with client improvement. In brief, the project provided some solid support for Rogers’ principal theories but the overall findings were modest in their persuasiveness. It could justifiably be claimed that the powerful desire to be more influential which took Rogers to Wisconsin was in no way fulfilled by the daily work he did there.

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