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On Becoming a Person

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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.
New discoveries in the field of psychopharmacology, especiall...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published July 1st 1972 by Houghton Mifflin Co. (Boston) (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...more
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...more
May 09, 2010 Morgan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
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 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...more
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.
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...more
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
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.
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!!!
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
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...more
Jun 13, 2013 Jonathan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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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...more
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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Rogers has some great stuff to say about the nature of the client-therapist relationship, particularly about the therapist's approach to the client. I have my reservations about his approach as a whole, as I think it too easily stagnates, however, I think it is an appropriate foundation for the basic relationship; it should be built upon, in my view.

From a purely writer point of view, Rogers's style is very warm and engaging (but is that really surprising?). It's a pleasing read.
A bit naive on the political side to say the least. Neither do I agree on the assumption that all of us are inherently good, although i can see why one needs to assume this to attempt psychotherapy.

One has to admit however that Rogers' person-centered approach is not only compassion epitomized but it can definitely be successfully applied to counselling, education or various group settings.

Up there with Man's Search for Meaning as my favourite psychology books.
There are two categories of people: Those who know what's up and those who don't.

Carl Rogers knew what's up.

I don't know how rare it is for someone to possess the kind of humanistic insight Rogers had, but I do know it's very rare for such a person to apply that kind of insight to his writing and his field. The influence Rogers had on client-centered therapy is huge, yet I had never heard of the man until my third year in college. . .why?

It's lengthy but worth your time, period.
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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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