Sketch of Carl Rogers, a key figure in humanistic psychology.Sketch of Carl Rogers, a key figure in humanistic psychology.
Time 1950s
Title Psychologist Carl Rogers introduces humanistic psychology
Event After an academic career of teaching and counseling, Carl Rogers emerges as a prominent figure in the humanistic school of psychology. Rogers is best known for his client-centered therapy, which suggests that the client should have as much impact on the direction of the therapy as the psychologist. His works include Client-Centered Therapy (1951) and On Becoming a Person (1961).

Rogers’ research focuses on using open communication to empower individuals to achieve their full potential. He moves away from traditional psychoanalysis, and develops client-centered psychotherapy. Client-centered therapy sees non-judgmental attitudes and mutual respect as powerful tools. Rogers believes that the client has the answers. The therapist's job is to lead the client toward this self-knowledge. Specific assessment techniques and the therapist's opinion are considered unimportant in Rogers’ philosophy.

Good mental health is emphasized as a component of overall well-being, but Rogers does not specifically address bodily health and healing.

Rogers’ work is not overtly spiritual, but does underscore the transcendent power of human beings to make positive change.

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