Carl Rogers: From Theology to Psychology
There is a multitude of theories that have been developed in the psychological field. These theories come about after multiple and strenuous case studies and experiments. Human behavior is a topic that is very interesting to a multitude of people, me including. Behavioral theories suggest that personality is a result of interaction between the individual and the environment. Behavioral theorists work to study evident and quantifiable behaviors, discarding theories that include internal thoughts and feelings. One of the many famous behavior theorists is Carl Rogers.
Carl Rogers grew up with a very strong, religious background. His family was very strict and Carl was not social in school. Carl was intent on becoming a Christian minister. After not feeling content with his choice, he started taking classes at Teachers College of Colombia University. It was there that he was introduced to the studies of disturbed children (Thorne, 2003). This is where his fascination for psychology flourished.
Carl Rogers has made many contributions to the world of psychology. Whether it be disproving theories he found to be invalid, or helping future behavior theorists with their developing ideas through his own theories, Carl Rogers has improved psychology as we know it. Carl Rogers, humanistic psychologist tended to agree with many things that Maslow thought (Myers, 13.2.2).
Carl Rogers was responsible for coming up with his ideas on personal growth, which Maslow agreed with. These ideas contained three basic principles: Genuineness, acceptance, and empathy. Rogers believed that, “Genuineness, acceptance, and empathy are the water, sun, and nutrients that enable people to grow like vigorous oak trees.” (Myers, 13.2.2). Carl Rogers claimed that only achieve personal growth by having all three of these. If we don’t succeed in having all three, we are unable to achieve personal growth.
Rogers wanted his theories to be used as a...
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