- Paperback: 172 pages
- Publisher: Harper & Row; 1st edition (1970)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0006C0KJS
- Package Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Carl Rogers on encounter groups, Paperback – 1970
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He states in the Foreword to this 1970 book, "I have written papers and given talks on various facets of the burgeoning movement toward encounter groups... So I decided to assemble together for publication both the talks and papers I have given, together with new material written for this book, in the hope that they will stimulate a thoughtful analysis and a clarification of differences regarding this incredibly expanding trend. As with all my more recent books, this is definitely a personal document. It does not pretend to be a scholarly survey of the field, nor a profound psychological or sociological analysis of encounter groups... This book is written out of living personal experience, and those whose lives are described and whose statements are quoted are living, struggling people. I hope it will convey MY perception of one of the exciting developments of our time: the intensive group experience. And I hope it will help familiarize you with what an encounter group IS, and what it can MEAN."
Here are some quotations from the book:
"What accounts for the quick spread of groups? ... (W)e are sufficiently affluent to pay attention to our psychological wants. As long as I am concerned over next month's rent, I am not very sharply aware of my loneliness. This is borne out, in my experience, by the fact that interest in encounter groups and the like is not nearly so keen in ghetto areas as in sections of the population which are no longer so concerned about the physical necessities of life." (Pg. 11)
"The most obvious deficiency of the intensive group experience is that frequently the behavior changes that occur, if any, are not lasting." (Pg. 40)
"There is a great deal of debate as to whether the intensive group experience produces any significant change, and especially whether it produces any LASTING change, in behavior." (Pg. 75)
"To put it very briefly, a person is most lonely when he has dropped something of his outer shell or facade---the face with which he has been meeting the world---and feels sure that no one can understand, accept, or care for the part of his inner self that lies revealed." (Pg. 117)