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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



Three Approaches to Psychotherapy II (1977) Carl Rogers




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.




Carl Rogers on Marriage: Persons as Partners
In this video discussion with John Whiteley, Carl Rogers describes conditions he has researched over the years that distinguish successful relationships between men and women from unsuccessful ones.




Carl Rogers speaking at UCLA 4/3/1967


He talks about empathy in education at around 33 min.