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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395755301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395755303
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carl Rogers(1902-1987) was one of the most influential psychologists in American history. He received many honors, including the first Distinguished Professsional Contributor Award and the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association.

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Every therapist should read this book.
CDMag
GREAT resource for educators and students alike.
DMK
Easy, enjoyable, and flows beautifully.
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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am most impressed with how Rogers speaks to me through his words. This is not a dry, rational, theoretical book - this book truly is a personal dialogue with the reader, allowing us to gain insight into the thinking and wisdom of one great visionary. How grateful we can be, that we no longer are treated as objects, numbers, problems to be labeled and fixed, when we see a therapist. What a huge shift Rogers has brought about in how to treat another person, not only in therapy, but in daily life! This is an extremely insightful book, not only for all counsellors, but for anyone who prides him/herself as being a good friend and listener. Read this, and you will be swept away.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By duane on April 1, 2001
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Like all Rogerian work, this is another masterpiece to add to your collection. Easy, enjoyable, and flows beautifully. A must read for the psychology, social work student. An excellent introductory book for the inspiring Humanistic psychologist. Highly recommend On Becoming A Person, by Rogers. Enjoy!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H. Cannon on September 8, 2005
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This is a wonderful read for people who are interested in understanding dialogical relationship. It will not only benefit people working in the field of counselling/psychotherapy but will be enlightening to anyone interested in meeting the other with genuine interest and respect. Rogers highlights an attitude towards one's self and to others, not techniques to be pulled out of a hat and in essence decribes a way of being - a lived experience rather than doing something to someone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bradford Leonard on July 15, 2013
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Do you talk to people from time to time? Do you like understanding others and having them understand you? When was the last time you made the leap and told someone the one thing you've been scared to say, especially to that one person? This book says all of these things are incredibly important to being a human. Most would agree. But how often do we objectively take someones perspective into consideration? How often do we take the time to really listen instead of waiting for our turn? A Way of Being is a book written for folks who want to connect, with others first, then eventually themselves.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 2003
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This is a good book to read in addition to "becoming a person." Reading these books will give you insight and ideas as well as refreshing your perception and making you feel great! I found Carl Rogers to elaborate many of the themes that I felt rising up in me while I sat through countless University lectures in Psychology. Rogers also deals with the future of education, and it's plain to see that Universities still have much work to do in this arena, work which they desperately need to undertake. Buy this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ally Greer on April 23, 2013
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This is an excellent book by a man who was ahead of his time. This book will still be read and enjoyed 100 years from now, as Roger's understanding of what it means to be human is, indeed, timeless.
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Carl Rogers (1902-1987) was an influential American psychologist and (along with Abraham Maslow) among the founders of humanistic psychology.

He states in the Introduction to this 1980 book, "Sometimes I am astonished at the changes that have occurred in my life and work. This book encompasses the changes that have taken place during the past decade---roughly, the seventies. It brings togetehr diverse material which I have written in recent years. Some of these thoughts have been published in a variety of journals, some have never been published... I have grouped together at the outset five papers which are very personal---revealing my experiences in relationships, my feelings as I grow older, the origins of my philosophy, my perspective on my career, a personal view of 'reality.' ... The second part of the book centers on my professional thoughts and activities... The third section deals with education ... In the final section I give my view of the drastic transformation which faces our culture due to little unknown advances in scientific thinking and new developments in many other fields..."

Here are some quotations from the book:

"My one disappointment in regard to Skinner is his refusal to permit the nine-hour confrontation we held at the University of Minnesota in Duluth to be released. It was all taped and is the deepest exploration in existence of the issues between us... After the meeting, Skinner refused his permission. I feel the profession was cheated."
"In the eighteen months prior to my wife's death in March 1979, there were a series of experiences in which Helen and I and a number of friends were all involved, which decidedly changed my thoughts and feelings about dying and the continuation of the human spirit.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Epistem Quest on August 12, 2012
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It is hard to overstate the contributions of Carl Rogers to the field of psychotherapy. He revolutionized the field by insisting that individuals should be treated as individuals. He believed a therapist that unconditionally accepted the client, was congruent in the relationship, and exhibited empathy to the client, would more than likely facilitate change and growth within the client. He developed testable hypotheses to see if these conditions were efficacious or not. His hypotheses have been validated by various studies. While Rogers practiced nondirective psychotherapy, practitioners of various forms of directive psychotherapy recognize the importance of his work.

The book is filled with reflections of various aspects of his work over the course of his lifetime. He talks of the tension that once existed between psychiatry and psychology. Rogers felt that psychologists were capable of doing psychotherapy. He reflects on his work with encounter groups, both small and large. He makes some tentative guesses concerning what the future of humankind will be like.

I found it somewhat interesting, if not disappointing, that Dr. Rogers put some stock in psychics. He writes of contacting his departed wife through a psychic. He expresses some other thoughts in a similar vein in his final chapter in the book. However, this in no way detracts from his scientific contribution to the field of psychotherapy.

If Rogers believed anything with certainty, it was the idea that clients could make substantial changes in their lives when the therapeutic conditions listed above were present in the counseling process. This is not a self-help book; rather, it is a book of reflections on topics near and dear to Dr. Rogers's heart. If you have an interest in humanistic psychotherapy, this book will give you insight into that form of psychotherapy by the one who knew it best.
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