“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers
Indeed, my counseling philosophy has been greatly influenced by the third force of Psychology and that is Humanism/Existentialism. I was in college when I first encountered Humanism and Carl Rogers. It was the topic given to me by our Professor for our Guidance and Counseling Class. Thus, I was able to gather a lot of information about the said topic and I found it very interesting as well as very inspiring. I love the optimistic view of Carl Rogers about human nature and his basic assumption that people are essentially trustworthy, that we have a vast potential for understanding ourselves and resolving our own problems without direct intervention and that we are capable of self-directed growth. It’s very motivating to learn that individuals have a natural potential that we can actualize and through which we can find meaning. I can very much relate into this positive assumption by Carl Rogers because as I grew up, I am in constant struggle with my self-esteem and in dealing with my own personal issues.
I belong to a family of four wherein I am the eldest in the family. As a child, I grew up under the care of aunts and uncles since both of my parents were working. Both of them goes to work early and comes home late so I and my brother weren’t able to spend so much time with them. I grew up independently while wishing for my parents’ attention. My parents were not very affirmative tough they were supportive. My mom, since she was tired from work most of the time was always irritated and has high expectations of me so whenever I get grades lower than the usual, she would end up scolding me. I didn’t get much encouragement from both parents since they were more preoccupied with work and because of this, my self-esteem suffered. I have doubted my own abilities because of the lack of support and trust from the people around me and because I was... [continues]
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