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

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  6,808 ratings  ·  106 reviews
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 signif ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 7th 1995 by Mariner Books (first published 1961)
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The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.

This book has helped me through two of the toughest weeks of my life, and everyone interested in self-improvement should read it. On Becoming a Person will appeal to anyone inclined toward psychology or therapy, as Rogers does a fantastic job discussing his client-centered approach and how his model of therapy transcends the limitations of past psychotherapeutic frameworks. Even though the book was first published i
Zoe Thompson
Bluntly; although what was written often seemed foolish, impractical and fantastical I found Roger's style of writing cohesive and difficult to stop following. I know little of psychology and its various approaches and perspectives but I intuitively felt that Roger was at the time the book was written, revolutionary, bringing forward into the light a new way of regarding clients of psychotherapy. Mind you; the book did seem to drag on. Repetition. Repetition. On, further and on further still. Wh ...more
Picked this one up for a course I was taking in college- Personal Development.

It turned out to be one of the best psychology-related books I have ever read. It described the therapeutic process in a personal way, rather than clinical. Since this process was from the point of view of Carl Rogers himself as a therapist, I felt I was able to discern how we develop as a person using relationships.

I felt like I was given more insight into how people change from this book than from any other piece of
May 09, 2010 Morgan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anybody who wants to understand about listening and self-trust
Recommended to Morgan by: my wasband
Read it many years ago, and his simple, trusting view that we humans need witness and listening, and that will go a long way toward enabling the person to find their own answers within themselves.

At the time my husband was a Rogerian counselor. Later, I studied at Center for Studies of the Person, Carl Roger's center in LaJolla, CA, and experienced what he was talking about. He was there with us for a day each of the 2 summers I participated in their 17-day workshops. (In my 2nd summer, my weeke
He writes of significant things he learned in his experience and study:

1. In my relationships with persons I have found that it does not help, in the long run, to act as though I were something that I am not. It does not help to act calm and pleasant when actually I am angry and critical. It does not help to act as though I know the answers when I do not. It does not help to act as though I were a loving person if actually, at the moment, I am hostile. ...

Most of the mistakes I make in personal
This book is quite possibly the best book that I have read as a part of my graduate school experience thus far.

This is the third theory book that I have read (Skinner, Jung) and Rogers is the most easy to get along with and understand. Rogers is humble, and every step of the way takes you along his journey to how he developed person centered therapy. At no point does he insist that his theory is the right one, or the only, but he says that his theory is what he has developed from his own experi
If anyone wants to know Rogers' theoretical framework, I can explain it to you in 5 minutes and spare you the grief of reading this long, redundant book. It was somewhat interesting, but too repetitive.
This was the first book I read by Carl Rogers. I really like what i perceived as his foundation; that humans have pure wonderful cores that are surrounded by protective hurt layers. This premise rings true in my life. I believe that humans are capable of great beauty and great ugliness. I've seen wonderful people do ugly things, and vice versa, and I've always wondered why. Rogers draws on his unique history as an experienced psychoanalyst to try and answer this tough question. Something else I ...more
This book was a pleasure to read. Reading Rogers helps me whenever I lose faith in the efficacy of long term psychotherapy. It is so important when practicing to get over your own worries and anxieties in order to be truly responsive to your patient. Through his anecdotes, teachings, and overall philosophy, I have been able to make major breakthroughs in my own comfort sitting with my patients.
Dave Labranche
this is an extremely valuable book for all "thinking humans" to read. It really helped me begin to understand myself, and it gave me insights that allowed me to eventually discover what makes me happy, what motivates me, what I truly need to AVOID in life (becuase I'm just not wired to deal with it) and in general it gives you a framework for finding your inner self.
As a non therapist yet interested individual in personal growth, On Becoming a Person inspired me. It's actually a good read even though I expected it to be more of a technical read. Rogers writes in a similar way to his approach to therapy. It reeds warm and inclusive.
Thought this was a pretty interesting read. As a psychology major in college, it is somewhat inevitable that some classes will concern themselves with therapy and therapy techniques, regardless of whether or not an individual wants to become a therapist, and this was where I first encountered the book. Nonetheless, all information is good and relevant in some way, and this book was incredibly interesting to me. I graduated, am not a therapist and have no interest in becoming a therapist, but I s ...more
Ribeiro Alvarenga
O livro é grande, o que o torna fastidioso. Não era nescessário tantos artigos para se apresentar o que realmente importa: a prática terapêutica de Rogers que consiste na chamada aceitação incondicional, na dança de devolução empática ao paciente de suas dificuldades. Há também uma fraqueza horrenda de flertar com escolas comportamentais quantitativistas que buscam uma espécie de equação da cura. Coisa feia de se ler.

Os recortes de terapia são o que realmente valem a pena. Está tudo lá.
Fantastic break-down of humanistic psychology, written in conversational English. This book contains essays that span the field in which humanistic psychology could be applied.
This book is a great tool for a new therapist to:
1. Understand him/herself at a deeper level,
2. Help gain clients' perspective of therapy.

Carl Rogers rocks!!!
Steven Howard
It's amazing how this 40+ year old book still has relevance today.

Rogers provides clear reasoning and sound arguments for his beliefs, though this reader walked away wondering if Rogers believed that one can only become a person through therapy. I would love someone to take the gist of Rogers' thinking and apply this to the bulk of the population.

Warning: the eBook version contains numerous typos, some of which are quite disconcerting. Whoever converted this old text to the Kindle format should
one of the most important reads of my life. Highly recommended for those who are tracking certain progressions and their own maturity.
Great book, I think I will be reading this book forever. Brilliantly painted conceptual work making the abstract tangible.
Peter Koukoulis
Demanding yet insightful, well worth it if you willing to persevere
Amna Ali
"This process of the good life is not, I am convinced, a life for the faint-fainthearted. It involves the stretching and growing of becoming more and more of one's potentialities. It involves the courage to be. It means launching oneself fully into the stream of life..."
Would keep you going! A teacher recommended it for personal development class and even if it wouldn't exactly enrich your character it'll help maintain it at the very least! The writing style is too simple putting the message acr
I was definitely not a person before I started reading this
Interesting stuff so far, assigned this one by my elder sister, better get to it. I finished!

An important book. I'm glad to have read it. Rogers offers important insights on psychotherapy, science, personhood, society and history et. al. He does so in a dedicated, humble and becoming manner.

Not so much on theology or religion, though a bit--mostly critical, which is a bummer for me, although theology and religion throughout all history(present and future certainly included) is certainly critici
Jun 13, 2013 Jonathan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: diehard Rogers fans
Recommended to Jonathan by: no one
Shelves: academic
First of all, there's really no reason to read this book if you have some exposure to his ideas through a class, a psych intro book, or even if you just read a wikipedia article I imagine. I think, in some ways, that simplicity speaks to why his ideas are so powerful and accessible. I can also see how this would be pretty revolutionary stuff in the time it was written - back in the 50s or 60s when expressing feelings was sort of a taboo thing. In all honesty, one might say people have a tendency ...more
Rogers is a revolutionary thinker. He is unafraid to question social paradigms, and he backs up all of his theories and claims with real experiences he has had. I loved this book and would recommend to anyone interested in learning about psychology, psychotherapy, human relationships, interpersonal communication, or pretty much anything else related to the wondrous (and often confusing) condition of being a human being.
Craig Jones
I throughly enjoyed the book. Rogers delves deep into psychotherapy and although it is repetitive at times I rather enjoy the repititon as is inputs the major points Rogers wants to make in the book.

I am undergoing psychotherapy myself as I'm trying to learn to accept my sexual thoughts which have caused me great torment. I am grateful for the book as it will let me ease up in my therapy and I now know the therapist I am seeing at the moment does tick all the boxes that Rogers describes in the b
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Louise Metcalf
Carl Rogers is still someone I admire in Psychological Science. Although he wrote in the 60's and is more verbose than we are used to now, his insights were based on years of practice and were profound. He details client-centred therapy and the scientific results of the therapy found at the time with great depth. I particularly enjoyed his discussion of the conflicts of psychological science at the time of writing and his comparison to splitting the atom, which may seem dramatic now, but is no l ...more
"Tornar-se Pessoa" de Rogers é uma compliação de textos que este psicoterapeuta escreveu durante a sua carreira. O que torna o livro fundamental para qualquer pessoa que se interesse por psicologia.
Rogers aparece com uma ideia de psicoterapia centrada no cliente, que visa o seu desenvolvimento e autonomia, numa altura em que existiam dois grandes grupos de ideologias psicológicas: os psicanalistas e os comportamentalistas.
Rogers foi e é algo completamente novo e fundamental no desenvolvimento da
Hannah Murphy
I love all his books they will come in handy with the right clients.
I read the book in 2009 and simply applied the thinking/questioning techniques to myself, which totally changed my life. Fantastic book!
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"Experience is, for me, the highest authority. The touchstone of validity is my own experience. No other person's ideas, and none of my own ideas, are as authoritative as my experience. It is to experience that I must return again and again, to discover a closer approximation to truth as it is in the process of becoming in me." -Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person

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“I believe it will have become evident why, for me, adjectives such as happy, contented, blissful, enjoyable, do not seem quite appropriate to any general description of this process I have called the good life, even though the person in this process would experience each one of these at the appropriate times. But adjectives which seem more generally fitting are adjectives such as enriching, exciting, rewarding, challenging, meaningful. This process of the good life is not, I am convinced, a life for the faint-fainthearted. It involves the stretching and growing of becoming more and more of one's potentialities. It involves the courage to be. It means launching oneself fully into the stream of life. Yet the deeply exciting thing about human beings is that when the individual is inwardly free, he chooses as the good life this process of becoming.” 46 likes
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