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Carl Rogers
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    (January 8, 1902-February 4, 1987)
    Born in Oak Park, Illinois
    American psychologist
    Founded person or client centered therapy
    First president of the American Academy of Psychotherapists
    Elected Humanist of the Year by the American Humanist Association in 1964
    Wrote 16 books and over 200 published articles
    Books include 'Counseling and Therapy,' 'Client-Centered Therapy,' 'On Becoming a Person' and 'A Way of Being'
    BA in Religion from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Columbia
    Growing up he wanted to be in ministry but changed in his mind in the seminary and ended up as an agnostic, sort of.
    His theories were very phenomenological; that is things were the way we saw them not the way they are. He once wrote 'we structure ourselves according to our perceptions of reality.'
    His Person-Centered therapy does not always work well in other than contemporary Western cultures and is disliked by clients seeking/needing a more directive form of counseling.
    His ideas got very touchy-feely, feel good, New Agey towards the end of his career.
    His approach to counseling requires a counselor with tremendous skills who possesses congruence, empathy and respect for the client.
    Person-Centered therapy is very non-judgmental.
    It is based on helping the client fulfill his 'self-actualizing tendency' that is fulfill his desire to reach his full potential.
    His article in the 1957 Journal of Consulting, 'The Necessary and Sufficient Conditions of Therapeutic Personality Change' had more effect on psychotherapy than any article in the history of the field.
    His work was a complete repudiation of Freudian psychoanalysis.
    He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in Northern Ireland and South Africa where he attempted with great success to use his theories as part of the peace process.
    He believes we should all be open to new ideas and experiences.
    He was named the most influential psychotherapist in history in a 1992 poll of American and Canadian psychologists.

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