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A Way of Being [Kindle Edition]

Carl Rogers
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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A Way of Being was written in the early 1980s, near the end of Carl Rogers's career, and serves as a coda to his classic On Becoming a Person. More personal and philosophical than his earlier writings, it traces his professional and personal development and ends with a person-centered prophecy, in which he predicts a future changing in the direction of more humaneness. Now, fifteen years later, the psychiatrist and best-selling author Dr. Irvin Yalom revisits A Way of Being, offering a contemporary view of this remarkable work.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3157 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (7 Sept. 1995)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BS03VCU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,050 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful
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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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This was the first book by Rogers that I read. I read it earlier this year, whilst doing my Certificate course in counselling. As someone who was just beginning her long journey into the counselling world, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it - it helped to redefine to me the reasons why I was drawn to the profession in the first place. I think what I'm trying to say here is that I found this book at the right time in my life.

As I was reading, I was not just appraising it from the hopeful counsllor in me, but at the time I was experiencing a painful relationship. In this relationship, I felt as though I was never properly listened to - if ever I expressed feeling hurt to my partner, my emotions were used by him as a way of attacking me, thus making me feel even more unloved and unappreciated, but bound to stay so as not to be alone. Reading this book, I began to see how abusive this relationship actually was.

I actually think I appreciated this book more on my personal level than on the academic level which brought me to it originally.

This book does not really offer advice for new counsellors on how to work with their clients. The only advice it gives about that is that the therapeutic relationship should involve empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard - if these core conditions are present, then the person seeking help is being offered the best environment for change to occur. However, although this work does not necessarily offer a counselling model to work by, what Rogers does illustrate is that people need to be 'allowed' to have feelings in order for them to properly function.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A way of being indeed... 25 Feb. 2009
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This book truly is one that makes you think not only of your work load (support services) but of your own life - it teaches you so many things about yourself - a must read - a great man was Rodgers with such a great approach in life...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mind Expanding read 26 July 2009
The humanistic approach to psychology is far more expansive than the purely 'scientific' approach in that it is the whole person that is treated not just the immediate problem.
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Carl Rogers shows person centredness as a way of being, not as a counselling technique, he explains it in terms of his own experiences, leaving the reader to find his own way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Valued insights into how to lead a life true to self and to others. Trust yourself, your instincts and value your own experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way of Being. 19 Mar. 2013
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Recommended reading for level 2 and level 3 Christian Counselling Courses.

Brilliant, although some terminology was difficult to sort out (American and scientific neologisms) but excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it 5 Nov. 2011
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What can I say, I have enjoyed reading this book. Rogers at his very best and easily understood. He comes from being a "real" person with his clients.
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