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To Carl Rogers Page 1




The Therapist - overview of his philosophy




Recollections A Celebration of the Life of Carl Rogers
Great overview of his philosophy. Photos of his life.




  • empathy

  • 7:00 theraphy to broader scope

    • therapy is about inner conflict

    • Group conflict

      • if you are understood you don't need to defend it


Demonstrations of Empathic Listening


Carl Rogers and the Client

Carl Rogers - The Client - Part 1
A training tape.

  • listening to a therapy session

  • First step exploration

  • Muddle feelings make up a problem

  • In therapy you start to untangle the feelings

  • Client experiences the feelings right now. in the moment

  • the feeling is accepted by someone else. i.e. the therapist offers  acceptance experiencing.

  • 6:30 A sample therapy session

Carl Rogers - The Client - Part 2
A training tape.

  • Sample therapy session continues the reflection is Carl Rogers actually reflects from the speakers perspective some times.

  • 2:40 - that's an example. the person can share their real feelings

  • Benefits

    • releasing effect

    • don't need to be on guard

    • can be more expressive and real in the real relationship


  • Sample therapy session continues

  • In therapy you can express more of yourself

  • a whole person can feel all the feelings

  • 2:20 - talks with the client about her experience

    • I felt safe - wouldn't be judged.

    • I discovered new aspects and I could see them

    • there are many separate feelings that I have

  • did it make a difference in the relationship with the daughter?

    • feels she has more choice

    • more emotional honesty and sensitive to how she feels

    • less muddled feeling - more clarity






Carl Rogers and Mr. Lin


  • Carl Rogers works with Mr Lin

  • he's dealing with homosexuality - I want to change he says

Carl Rogers and Peter Ann  1985-12-11


Carl Rogers and Richie




Encounter Group

Journey Into Self - Carl Rogers



May, Rogers, Satir, and Szasz at The Evolution of Psychotherapy conference, 1985


Carl Rogers on Person-Centered Therapy Trailer (Psychotherapy Video)




Carl Rogers 1/3 - Quest for Peace

  • Get leaders together to experience group process (empathy)

    • then they would take it farther.

  • West Germany counseling and the effects

  • Conflict

    • I'm right, your wrong

    • I'm good, your bad.

    • both sides feel the same

    • your not a person your evil

    • parties need to get into relationship

  • Institutions lag behind the people

  • You're a man, not because you can kill a person, it's that you can heal a person

  • Role of Business -

  • Role of Government - Get leaders together to experience group process (empathy)

    • then they would take it farther.

  • 17:00 - Role of education - are very authoritarian structures - hierarchy

    • trained to be a conformists

    • training children on conflict resolution

  • 20:00 - Role of  Family -  parents that have learned empathy better results

  • 22:00 - would offer revolutionary changes in education -

    • conflict resolution

    • self directed

    • technology based on a philosophy

  • 23:40 - the human being is a constructive organism

    • counter to most religion

    • counter to Freud

    • there is a positive core in all people

    • destructive qualities from social tensions

  • why are culture use force, intimidation, etc.

    • role of the leader - to be fighter, aggressive

    • minor disputes become major with technologies

Carl Rogers 2/2 - great stories of conflict resolution.


(  )  Carl Rogers - Press Conf - #1 Audio Adjusted


Healthy State - Carl Rogers - 1986 


  • Was in South Africa and USSR

  • 21:00 the third day of conference  - Suggested they try an 'empathy experience'.

    • triads: Client, therapist, observer .

    • 15 minutes the person talks and is reflected., then they discuss it.

    • then they switch roles..

    • was very moving, a safe environment and the floodgates opened.

    • People being the therapists didn't do a good job. people had talked about empathy but doing it was another matter.

    • putting active listening into practice is different than talking about it.


Carl Rogers and Paul Tillich p.1
Carl Rogers and Paul Tillich p.2




Carl Rogers- (1984)


  • on how to use his work in education

  • start in first grade with choice.

  • why don't we do more of this?

  • we don't believe in democracy

  • we don't trust people


Carl Rogers- (1984)






In this historic interview with Carl Rogers filmed two years before he passed away, the man named the single most influential psychotherapist of the past quarter-century, the founder of the person-centered approach, reflects on his major contributions and explores his provocative opinions on a wide range of topics including therapy, education, and social change.