- Publisher: Constable (27 Feb. 1978) (1600)
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Carl Rogers on Personal Power: Inner Strength and Its Revolutionary Impact (Psychology/self-help) by Rogers, Carl R. (1978) Paperback Paperback – 1600
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He states in the Introduction to this 1977 book, "Most notably (cultural change) has altered the thinking about power and control in relationships between persons. That is what this book is about. So you will find in these pages many men and women who are walking softly through life---and creating a revolution as they do so. The book tells of homes and schools and industries and interfaces between races and cultures, all of which have been drastically changed by persons who trust their own power, do not feel a need to have 'power over,' and who are willing to foster and facilitate the latent strength in the other person... These changes indicate that a quiet revolution is already under way. They point to a future of a very different nature, built around a new type of self-empowered person who is emerging."
Here are some quotations from the book:
"It is not just that I am a slow learner, that I have only recently realized my political impact." (Ch. 1)
"The politics of the client-centered approach is a conscious renunciation and avoidance by the therapist of all control over, or decision-making for, the client." (Ch. 1)
"My influence has always been increased when I have shared my power or authority." (Ch. 5)
"It is very rare for the impact of a person-centered approach to move upward in the organization." (Ch. 5)
"(T)he potential to learn and the power to act lie within the person---rather than in an expert dealing with him or her, or in a system controlling him or her." (Ch. 8)
"What I say is based on wide personal observation, on interactions with diverse individuals and groups, on my reading. It is an informaal speculation, with all the possibility of error and bias that that implies." (Ch. 12)
Anyone concerned to get their relationship with their partner, their friends, their family, their society, their world – and most importantly with themselves – into harmonious accord, should read this book as a starting point. It was Rogers who, with Abraham Maslow (and to be fair one or two others), helped to pioneer the humanistic movement in psychotherapy.
But don't let my comment on 'psychotherapy' make you think this is going to be too cerebral to understand. If Rogers is anything, he is clear, compassionate and easy to follow as any writer could be.
Rogers standpoint stems from a belief in the innate goodness of life, the positive uniqueness and creative power of each person – and the tendency, nay ability, to actualise our true potential when conditions are right. I recommend you find and read the potato story in the book and you'll get his view of this 'actualising tendency' completely.
Another interesting chapter is when he addresses the need for a world government and the abolishing of war. These are quite radical ideas, but he has a point. If we don't have our own houses in order,in a person-centered way, we will not be able to avoid conflict, war, etc, which is based on ignorance.