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Carl R. Rogers
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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Constable; New Ed edition (1 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845290577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845290573
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A humble masterpiece 15 Oct 2007
By calmly
This book by Carl Rogers on client-centered therapy may lack the drama, the force or the cleverness associated with some books on other forms of psychotherapy. What it doesn't seem to lack is a quiet wisdom that flowed from Rogers' many years of experience and sensitivity to his patients.

Despite some redundancy, being a collection of papers and presentations from Rogers over many years, "On Becoming A Person":

1) presents a branch of psychotherapy distinct from psychoanalysis and learning theories as well as from behaviorism, focused more on basically well people growing than on helping disturbed people get better.

2) is rooted in Roger's positive view of human nature as basically good and constructive, as he discovered in encounters with his patients. Roger's emphasis on empathic understanding, on not imposing theoretical speculations about the clients state of mind and on avoiding forceful interference would seem to avoid some of the abuses associated with some other psychotherapies.

3) presents ideas about the helping relationship that Rogers extended from psychotherapy into other areas such as education. Rogers's nondirective approach suggested to him the possibility of a progressive education free of examinations, of grades, of conclusions, and even of teachers.

4) despite its "fuzziness", Rogers does present some experimental evidence in favor of client-centered therapy as compared to those based on learning theory and behaviorism.

5) Rogers' shows appreciation of the growing power of the behavioral sciences but expresses concern less this science, like other sciences, becomes manipulated by politicians to the detriment of people.
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178 of 189 people found the following review helpful
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This was one of the first books I read when doing my course work in counselling skills training. It was easy to read, and understand what Carl Rogers was trying to get over about the need for the Core Conditions in the building of a therapeutic relationship. I felt it was more of an autobiography than a training manual, as reading it gave a small insight into how Roger's told of his own personal growth and how everyone can live life to their own maximum potential if they want to.
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112 of 120 people found the following review helpful
Carl Roger's is one of the few theorists who you feel you really get to know through his writing, this book is no exception and helped me so much when I was training to become a counsellor. Roger's writes with ease and this book is essential for those trying to understand the importance of the Core Conditions to the therapeutic relationship. My copy is tattered now, read often and borrowed by many!
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94 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic in psychotherapy 29 July 2004
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I've been told that this book is a classic among books about psychotherapy and I've found that, indeed, it is an interesting read for anyone interested in the inner world of humans - not only for the experts.
One of the main points of the author is that, in any personal relations, be it with patients, pupils, colleagues, friends or partners, the route to personal growth (for all sides) requires empathy, acceptance and thruthfullness. Trying to force "mental" change in a patient or, say, ones maritial partner does not provide lasting improvement, but providing a solid relationship helps the other on his way to finding his self. In other words, by becoming a friend, the councelor can help the patient become the person he is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 11 Mar 2010
I qualified as a psychologist seven years ago but thought it would be good to revisit Rogers,so glad i did, insightful, inspiring and thought provoking. Highly recommended.
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69 of 81 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Are the core condtions truly 'enough'? 30 Aug 2006
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I am currently trying to read this book in preparation for a counselling diploma beginning next month. Having already read Rogers's book, "A Way of Being", I thought I would enjoy "On Becoming a Person", however I am struggling to be engaged with it.

I think the problem is that I feel as though I am just covering ground that he has already discussed in A WAY OF BEING. While I agree that for a relationship to be helpful there has to be the core conditions of empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence, I feel as though I need more than just this if I am to develop as a counsellor. I feel as though you need to have some knowledge of how your clients can help their situations - people come to counselling because they want to improve aspects of their life, and I am not sure that just the core conditions are enough.

While I shall try and continue with ON BECOMING A PERSON for my course, I have already started looking for alternative books whcih may offer more. One that has caught my eye is Egan's SKILLED HELPER - a book which suposedly takes Rogers's core conditions as a starting point, but then develops ways of actually helping clients meet goals which would be helpful to them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great reading 6 Aug 2013
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I needed this book for studying and is a brilliant book for helping others and it helps you understand others and yourself more.
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I came across tis book whilst doing a counselling course - a wonderful man with such insight into human beings who would no doubt have agreed that 'the proper study of mankind is man'. I hope to read more of Carl Rogers' work now I have a little more time to myself and would recommend this one to any student doing psychology and counselling courses.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile
Is Carl Rogers boring? Well he is rather persistent and takes time to make a point. I have found that the Rogers I have read gave me something useful every time so I am glad to... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Edward
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching read
I purchased this as it's on my reading list for uni. I expected it to be a hard read. Although I use it as a reference book the way Rogers writes here is really emotive and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MISS D A MILLS
5.0 out of 5 stars Humility and wisdom
Reading Rogers has almost been a physical experience for me. What he says rings so true in my experience, and the way he says it so unassuming, so tentative, that I did not feel he... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars counselling skills
bought to compliment uni course, on recommended reading list. havent read cover to cover, have dipped in an out though. easy to read, although print quite small
Published 4 months ago by jax51
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed for my course.
The book is a good insight to a greater understanding of my University subject. Will remain with me for future referencing.
Published 5 months ago by Sue
3.0 out of 5 stars if you love carl rogers
it is hard for me to get going with this, it does help if you love the person centred Therapy
Published 5 months ago by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars info
This is an enlightening insight into the mind & the life with continuing conclusions of himself.
Remarkably honest in my opinion.
Published 6 months ago by jane Stedmond
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greats
What can you say about one of the "gods" (Carl Rogers) who developed the Person Centred way of working in Counselling. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Light
5.0 out of 5 stars On becoming a Person
A must read for anyone starting out in humanistic counselling. It helps you consider counselling from a self analysis perspective.
An excellent book.
Published 7 months ago by Dave Dee
4.0 out of 5 stars This is definately one for the professionals
Having undertaken a counselling diploma and found this invaluable to the course and especially useful when carrying out counselling work I would recommend this to anyone studying... Read more
Published 8 months ago by glynnlet
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