Carl Ransom Rogers 1902 - 1987
Welcome to the Person-Centred.co.uk website
Back to Basics
It seems to me that it can sometimes be useful going back to basics. I hope that this site is useful to all those that describe themselves as Person-Centred People, Practitioners, Students based on the theory, values and principles described and theorised by Carl R Rogers and colleagues.
I also hope that this site helps somewhat to dispel the misinterpretation and thinking that Client-Centred Therapy and the Person-Centred Approach is just based on three simple conditions often cited by those that seem to have a limited understanding of the approach or find it difficult to commit to the principles of this approach. Critics of the Person-Centred Approach are welcome and encouraged to have their say and as do those that wish to celebrate the approach too. I will be more than happy to post a page of constructive critique and/or celebration.
In addition to Carl Rogers theory there has been some amazing ongoing theoretical debate & papers that have built upon the Person-Centred Approach and have affirmed, challenged or complimented the original theory.
Significantly Rogers stated that the formative tendency with reference to the person-centred approach:-
'I wish to point to two related tendencies which have acquired more and more importance in my thinking as the years have gone by. One of these is an actualizing tendency, a characteristic of organic life. One is a formative tendency in the universe as a whole. Taken together, they are the foundation blocks of the person-centered approach.'
(Carl R Rogers - A Way of Being)
Significantly for me I believe it takes immense courage and integrity to commit oneself to Person-Centred values, principles and beliefs whatever the setting or circumstances. Being open to ones own experiencing of self and/or in relation to others can be at times both scary and comforting, yet nevertheless healing.
When I feel that I am limited in who I am and what I might do, I lose a sense of personal freedom,
When I pass or challenge my limitations and glimpse my potential, I just yearn for more freedom,
This freedom seems infinite and syntropic, probably terrifying and disempowering for those that try to control it and empowering for those that don't.
Group Communication Matrix (potential)
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