Bookk Review "Carl Rogers"

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PUBLISHED: by Constable, an imprint of Constable & Robinson Ltd-2004

CHAPTERS: 1-21 – DIVIDED 7 parts of the book.

STUDENT: Elisangela Da Silva

BOOK REVIEW 2 (words 1034)


On Becoming a Person, by Carl Ransom Rogers, was published in 2004 by Constable & Robinson Ltd. Carl Rogers is best known as the founder of “client-centred”. This book is a classic in psychotherapy and it talks about the essential of the “core condition to the therapeutic relationship” approached on centred person and it is an excellent book for whoever is training as a counsellor or are interested on the psychological aspect of human being. Moreover, Rogers rests on his profound experiences based on many different relationships: as a patient, colleague, friend, and partner and with pupils. The route to personal growth, either to counsellor and counselee, requires empathic understanding, unconditional acceptance and congruence of genuineness. This book has been divided into seven parts with twenty one chapters in total.

Rogers describes the essential hypotheses concerning personal growth based on his own research as a well as on the clients’ experiences. Using empathic understanding, Rogers believes in an increase of trust in the counselling relationship which opens to a continual person development. Basis on his studies, empathic understanding approach must come along with genuineness which would be easily perceived by the client. Unconditional acceptance, for Rogers, is the willingness to see the world through the client’s eyes. Roger reminds us that the process of therapy occurs subjectively in both therapist and client.

Carl Rogers initially gave emphases to his own personal experiences in psychotherapy. Being on the counselee side, Rogers realizes how vital it is to have honest, respect and trust in a psychotherapy relationship and how this factor can promote...
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