Carl Rogers: One of the Founding Fathers of Humanism Essay

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As one of the founding fathers of humanism, Carl Rogers was very interested in an approach to psychology that had to do with the thoughts and feelings of clients (notice that the word patient is sparsely used). His feelings on resourceful therapy were always centered around the client and how they wanted the therapy to affect their life. In humanistic psychology, the main focus is allowing the client to decide how the therapy would direct them on their own life. Carl Rogers, as with many other humanistic psychologists, believe in keeping the values and morals of the clients in tact. They do not judge their clients, and they try to stay as positive as possible in their therapy sessions with the clientele. \ Carl Rogers was born the…show more content…
He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize the last year of his life. Part of Rogers' life was creating his own theories and analysis' of how his clients should be treated and respected. He created his own set of theories, known as the Nineteen Propositions, and widely popular client-centered therapy. Rogers' accomplishments were much more than awards he received for his personal endeavors. This man genuinely cared about the lives of others, and always had a heart for wanting to see them succeed. In 1946 Rogers became the president of the largest professional psychology organization in the world, the American Psychology Association. After he became president, he released several books, his two most popular being Client-Centered Therapy (1951) and Becoming a Person (1961). In 1962 he was awarded Humanist of the Year by the American Humanist Association, and in 1972 he was given the Professional Psychologist Award, which was given by the Division of Psychotherapy (Hothersall, 1995). In Rogers' 1961 book This is Me, he tells the story of a boy who is very troubled. Rogers was unable to help this young boy, but the mother knew that Rogers was doing everything he could. At their last session, the mother asked if Rogers took adult clients. When Rogers said yes, she immediately sat back down and began to tell him everything she was going through, which included marriage
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