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A Way of Being

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A profound and deeply personal collection of essays by renowned psychologist Carl Rogers

The late Carl Rogers, founder of the humanistic psychology movement and father of client-centered therapy, based his life's work on his fundamental belief in the human potential for growth. A Way of Being was written in the early 1980s, near the end of Carl Rogers's career, and serves a
Paperback, 395 pages
Published September 7th 1995 by Mariner Books (first published 1980)
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Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I stole this book from my little brother, who took a seminar on existential and humanistic psychology during his last semester of college. Lucky duck!

Anyway, Carl Rogers is badass. I taught Introduction to Psychology this summer for the third time, and whenever we discuss his person-centered approach, I get bemused questions such as, "So he just...listened to his clients? Really listened to them? And it worked?" Well, yes. Essentially, Carl Rogers articulated the idea that what makes a therapist
Frankie Della Torre
Carl Rogers, a giant of psychological history, has here written personal essays - which read almost like a diary - about his way of being which center on authenticity, openness, empathy, gentleness, and love. It is a book about being human, loving oneself, loving others. It was absolutely wonderful and has undoubtedly changed the direction of my studies. Rogers calls his approach a "home-brewed" brand of existentialism that follows in the footsteps of Kierkegaard and Martin Buber, two of my phil ...more
Aug 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
i am not sure when i first read this book, but i think it was some time in high school (a book i saw from my dad's large collection of philosophy/psychology/mythology books).

as i read this, it inspired me to read more psychology books to motivate me to a better misunderstanding of myself and the world around me.

too bad, i am not "school smart", or else i would become a psychologist (never a psychiatrist!). although, after meeting a random person (indian with half singaporean blood) who said that
كاتب جامد بيحسسنى انه فى منى كتير اكدلى على معانى كتير كنت عارفه انها صح بس كنت محتاجه حد يأكدلى عليها كنت اتمنى لو اقدر اتعامل معاه واكلمه حد بيحس بالناس اوى وبيهتم لمشاعرهم اتعلمت ازاى احس اللى ورا الكلام وورا الملامح قد ايه ده مهم للناس انك تحس بيهم وتفهمهم وانك لازم تحاول فى حلبمك انه يتحقق ولو مؤمن بفكره لازم تشتغل عليها كويس وتفضل وراها للاخر حتى لو العالم كله وقف ضدك فى الاول لازم تكمل ومتيأسش فى الوسط
Shelby M. (Read and Find Out)
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: counseling-psych
This was excellent. I started out loving it, though it got a bit dry around the middle. Each chapter is essentially a different essay by Rogers, so my enjoyment varied per chapter. I found the last chapter, The World and the Person of Tomorrow, to be particularly moving.
Leanne Hunt
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
This book was recommended to me as supplementary reading for a counselling skills course. As a result, I came to it already familiar with the basic principles of Rogerian therapy and a high appreciation for Carl Rogers' approach to individuals and groups. He believed that people have within themselves the resources and insight to chart their own destiny in life, and that all they need is to be reminded of their personal power in order to take it back and solve their own problems. The book itself ...more
Dec 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: intellectua
This book is a collection of speeches and writings from Carl Rogers reflecting on his extensive experience in Psychology. He has had a big influence on the world of psychology in moving away from a prescriptive approach (I know what's best for you) to a non-directive approach (let the patient lead). It's very interesting and has certainly been a model of application in my own pastoral training. He makes reference to eastern philosophies of leadership which I also find fascinating - this sense of ...more
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book is a collection of Rogers’ papers done on different aspects of his person centred approach, organised into three main sections: personal experiences and perspectives, the person centred approach in psychotherapy, and it’s application in education.

The first noticeable quality of his writing is the clarity of it. The wordings are precise, the logic coherent, and even the slightest confusion over what he meant is almost not possible. The clarity is so noticeable that it naturally reminds
William Schram
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology, self-help
There isn't much I can say about this book that isn't already in the blurb. The book has four major parts and these parts are further divided into chapters. The first part talks about his personal experiences and retrospectives on reaching certain age-related milestones. The second part discusses his approach to his work. The third part discusses education and it's future. The fourth and final part discusses Dr. Rogers' personal ideal scenario of the future.

In my own experience, I had heard of D
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho una versione di questo libro che ha diversi errori di battitura e anche qualche problema a livello di traduzione. Ma Carl Rogers è sempre Carl Rogers
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finally, it is complete. Only took me five extra days from my plan, I’m happy to know that.
F.J. Commelin
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
Carl Rogers knows how to bring a subject to us in understandable text.
Bonnie Scott
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A classic for many reasons.
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jason Dias
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: existentialism
This is one of a handful of books that changed my life.

I'm just now glancing over my professional library, and I find I have like 8 books on neuropsychology and no interest in that topic. I did a lot of reading that I didn't want to do in graduate school. Rogers saved my life. I read A Way of Being and I cried the whole time. Those tears are the foundation of who I am today.

I didn't cry because the subject matter is sad. I cried because I recognized something in it. I was at the time struggling
Robert Bogue
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started 2017 off with my review of Motivational Interviewing, which serves as a structure for how to communicate with those who are struggling to help them be more successful. It’s foundationally based on active listening, which is attributed to Thomas Gordon in Parent Effectiveness Training. The other foundation of motivational interviewing is the work of Carl Rogers, so I decided to look into A Way of Being, one of his final works. It wasn’t a single-threaded thought expressed across the pag ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I first purchased the book, I was worried that I would not understand it well given the fact that it was my first time Rogers. But it was OK, and the book is not only about his theory in psychotherapy, but also about his opinions and musings in other areas of life. It is a nice read. Sometimes, because he also includes information from older writings, it feels like a disconnected reading from chapter to chapter, but again, the contents is easy and worth trying. This gives the reader a chanc ...more
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely phenomenal. Approachable, likeable. Humble, honest, brave: Rogers breathes just the right confidence, not too much where arrogance repels, not too little where self-disparagement loses respect, but just right, where I feel equal, can relate, and know I have something to learn from this remarkable fellow.

The five star rating is for parts one and two: Personal Experiences and Perspectives and Aspects of Person-Centered Approach, respectively. I only skimmed part three, The Process of E
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
A view into the mind and life of one of the centuries great psychologists. As a collection of essays it is fantastic way of discovering Roger's views, but I have to admit that I was somewhat disappointed by its repetitive and vague nature. This is more my fault than the book, like one of his clients I came to him looking for answers and instead met a genuine, warm, open and curious individual who instead gave me questions. A worthwhile read, just know that it is as non-directive as his mode of t ...more
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Son Millennium neslinin belki de en büyük sorunlarından bazıları kendinden uzaklaşması, hayatının hızlanması, bireyselleşmesi ve bunların sonuncandan artan başanma oranları, insanların birbilerine karşı tutunduğu nefret söylemi adeta nesli kaosa götürüyor bunların önüne geçebilmek için sevgi, sefkat, empati, fakındalık sabihi bireylerin yetişmesi ve bu sorunların üstesine gidilmesi gerekiyor. Kitap insan sevgisi eksenli bir hareketin mutlaka yankı bulacağını ve hatta bulduğunu dile getiriyor.
Jordan Brown
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mental-health
Carl Rogers has had such a profound impact on my development as a social worker. The sections of this book that describe the person-centered approach are excellent. Unfortunately, Rogers started to lose me toward the end of the book when he rambled on about the future, paranormal intuition, and reforming the education system. I think his arguments are valid, but I also think he came across as preachy and forced. All in all, it's still a phenomenal book.
Aug 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
I read this as a text for a college course. Carl Rogers is considered one of the fathers of psychology. His book is written from a changed perception based on his research over the length of his lifetime.

It is very well written with the author's humor (and sometimes frustration) coming through in his poetic words. I would have enjoyed hearing one of his lectures in person during his lifetime.

Maybe someday I will reread it and like it better.
Sep 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
how could anyone not love Carl Rogers? this is not true memoir in most common style, but compendium of a lot of his lectures with his later thoughts added. He was naive--foretold the 80s and beyond as being the age of enlightenment and human potential being reached by the larger society. don't we all wish.
Timothy Mallon
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
This book has been such an inspiration for me. I love Rogers' person-centered approach because it fits so perfectly with my own philosophical views - namely that truth should be found within the individual and not in outside sources and that we as humans should learn to love each other unconditionally in order to progress as individuals and as a species.
Phill Brodnick
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Some really interesting insights into his particular type of psychology which I enjoyed. The last section of the book primarily deals with education and I really lost interest in the book at this point, but I was probably not the target audience for that section.
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Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
كتاب رائع لروجرز، رغم عدم سلاسة الترجمة، فقد قرأته في العربي
متاح في مكتبتنا عربي وانجليزي للاستعارة والاطلاع
Dec 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
School book but its not overly dry and a great explanation of the history of the person centered approach to therapy starting around 1950. Its not a comprehensive history but rather Rogers take on it. He was right in the middle of it though.
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Didn't get very far, about 100 pages in. It was okay, a little dry. Made Rogers sound like a jerk, which was interesting. He apparently didn't let his wife's illness slow him down later in life, she wanted him to care for her but being a caregiver didn't seem to be part of his ideal self.
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
This is another really good psychology book. Read this whilst doing my counselling course. enjoyed the book, not the course!!
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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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“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” 359 likes
“To be with another in this [empathic] way means that for the time being, you lay aside your own views and values in order to enter another's world without prejudice. In some sense it means that you lay aside your self; this can only be done by persons who are secure enough in themselves that they know they will not get lost in what may turn out to be the strange or bizarre world of the other, and that they can comfortably return to their own world when they wish.

Perhaps this description makes clear that being empathic is a complex, demanding, and strong - yet subtle and gentle - way of being.”
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