Carl Rogers' Theory of Personality

2519 Words Feb 7th, 2018 10 Pages
Due to the theories that Rogers developed not only in psychology but in theories of education, he is considered, as Constance Holden writes, "…one of the grand old men of American psychology and a leading figure in the postwar development of humanistic psychology" (Holden, 1997, p. 31). This paper reviews his theory of personality, his approach to therapy and the contributions he made to the field of psychology as a whole.
Rogers' Theory of Personality
Rogers' theory of personality was actually a theory that embraces providing the client with a "…roadway toward self-actualization… as an unfolding process of self-discovery and self-awareness," according to Jeffrey S. Nevid (Nevid, 2011, p. 403). Rogers believed that personality is expressed through "…conscious experience of directing ourselves toward fulfilling our unique potentials" as humans (Nevid, 403). The self is the center of the human experience, Rogers posited, and while that does not seem very original or unique as an idea, the psychologist went on to explain that "self is the executive part of your personality" (Nevid, 403). That is, the executive part of the personality like the executive in a corporation organizes things. In this case the executive part sifts out how the person relates to the world as "I" or "me" that individual that looks back at you in the…
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