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Way of Being [Paperback]

Carl R. Rogers
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1 Mar 1996
A profound and deeply personal collection of essays by renowned psychologist Carl Rogers The late Carl Rogers, founder of the humanistic psychology movement and father of client-centered therapy, based his life's work on his fundamental belief in the human potential for growth. "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 philosophical than his earlier writings, it traces his professional and personal development and ends with a prophetic call for a more humane future.

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  • Paperback: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; New edition edition (1 Mar 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395755301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395755303
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the autumn of 1964, I was invited to be a speaker in a lecture series at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, one of the leading scientific institutions in the world. Read the first page
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Way of Being by Carl Rogers 21 Jun 2011
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It gives an insight into Carl Rogers life and through his experiences how he became so well renowned in the field of Person Centred Counselling. A brilliant book to get into.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best 14 May 2009
A Way of Being is probably one of the best books written by Roger's to explain the evolution and enhancement of his approach. Really made lots of sense and worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 10 July 2013
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I bought this as background reading for my psychotherapy course. I found it thought provoking as well as a very useful reference. A thoroughly enjoyable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential read for all care professionals.
This book of Carl Rogers’ lectures shows that person centred care has been around for a long time, and even he wasn't acknowledged by his peers. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Julia Pitkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant
I enjoy reading this book takes you step by step through the core conditions of person-centred counselling and some important insight about Rodgers
Published 6 months ago by Joyblossom
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the serious counsellor/counselling student
Was recommended this by one of my teachers to read and explore whilst undertaking a counselling course. Read more
Published 7 months ago by glynnlet
5.0 out of 5 stars A way to live to get the best from yourself and from life
Valued insights into how to lead a life true to self and to others. Trust yourself, your instincts and value your own experience.
Published 12 months ago by Mr T C McSorley
5.0 out of 5 stars Way of Being.
Recommended reading for level 2 and level 3 Christian Counselling Courses.

Brilliant, although some terminology was difficult to sort out (American and scientific... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Glenda Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars I would have loved Carl Rogers!
Man after my own heart, if only he were not deceased! This series of essays gives social construct to how he developed his ideas and a lot of personal insight into the man... Read more
Published 16 months ago by S Spigner
4.0 out of 5 stars The Founder of Counselling
The book came by excellent delivery and in excellent condition - new if I remember.

The content was as I expected. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Beverley D. Jones
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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.
Published on 5 Nov 2011 by W. Gaskell
4.0 out of 5 stars good book for someone new to self discovery or counselling
This book was a good read but it did not teach me anything I did not already know but that is because I have learned many healing practices and read many many books. Read more
Published on 9 April 2010 by Ms. M. Owen
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