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These articles explain basic concepts, and offer critiques of existing theories, papers and reports or original thoughts of our own, including extracts from essays/papers submitted to educational establishments.

onion Encounter
Published: 2023-11-19 14:54:18

I recently read the paper.

"All real life is encounter" On the sustainable relevance to be surprised and affected" by Peter F. Schmid.

I highly recommend it; it has precipitated an internal dialogue for me about encounters, and for reasons that I am not fully clear, it somehow seems very important and relevant to me, in both the micro sense of me as a person and in a macro sense in a polarised world where people cannot seem to or want to meet another person where they are.  

Potatoes sprouting The three tendencies, what if ? .......
Published: 2023-02-12 14:32:42
Are the two tendencies of actualising and self-actualising pointing to intelligent design ? Probably not...
Woman sat in the twilight Person Centred Therapy - a brief history and overview
Published: 2023-02-10 14:31:39
A brief summary and history of person centred counselling as developed by Carl Rogers. Introducing the three 'pillars' of PCT, the '19 propositions' (Rogers, 1951), the 'seven stages of process' (Rogers,1961, p.132-158) and the 'six necessary and sufficient conditions' (Rogers,1956)
Hands holding plant Six Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for personality change
Published: 2022-11-03 12:01:23

Rogers outlines the following six conditions required to exist and continue for constructive personality change to occur

Hand being held Empathy
Published: 2022-08-03 11:51:43

Empathy is a crucial aspect of the person-centred counselling (PCT) approach developed by Carl Rogers.

Mirror reflection Congruence
Published: 2022-06-17 11:37:34

Congruence, also known as therapist congruence or genuineness, is a core condition in person-centred counseling. It refers to the therapist's ability to be authentic, transparent, and aligned with their true self within the therapeutic relationship. It is one of the the three core conditions of the six necessary and sufficient conditions

A bee on a flower Actualizing tendency
Published: 2022-04-23 10:06:22

The actualizing tendency is a psychological concept that humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers introduced. It refers to the innate drive within every individual to move towards growth, fulfilment, and realization of their full potential.

Carl Rogers Photo Carl Rogers
Published: 2022-03-20 15:00:00

Carl Ransom Rogers (1902-1987) was an American psychologist and one of the founders of the humanistic approach to psychology. He was born in Oak Park, Illinois, the fourth of six children, to a devoutly religious family. Rogers was a bright student who enjoyed reading and learning, and he went on to attend the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1924.

Hands joining together in friendship Unconditional Positive Regard (UPR) - What is it ?
Published: 2022-03-12 10:45:30

Unconditional positive regard is a key concept in Carl Rogers's person-centered therapy and refers to the therapist's acceptance and support of the client without any conditions or judgment. It involves showing genuine care, respect, and non-possessive warmth towards the client, regardless of their thoughts, feelings, or actions. It is one of the the three Core Conditions of person-centred therapy

Jigsaw pieces Why solutions are not the answer
Published: 2022-03-01 09:57:42

A difficult lesson to learn when first training to become a person-centred counsellor is how unhelpful it is to try and 'help' your clients.