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Carl Ransom Rogers (January 8, 1902 – February 4, 1987), was a 20th century influential humanistic psychologist.

Biography

Rogers was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. His parents were Walter Rogers and Julia Cushing. He was the fourth of six children. Rogers was educated in a strict, religious environment. He was first interested in studying agriculture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a focus on history and religion. His interest changed from agriculture to religion. He received a bachelor's degree in 1924. After that, he entered a liberal Protestant seminary in New York City. That went against the views of his conservative father. Rogers spent two years in seminary. He later transferred to Columbia University Teachers College, where he worked with John Dewey. Rogers received his master's degree in 1928. In 1931, he received a PhD in clinical psychology from Columbia University.[1]

After receiving his PhD, Rogers worked at Ohio State University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin. During that time, he developed what was later known as client-centered therapy. After his work at the University of Wisconsin, Rogers worked at the Western Behavioral Studies Institute in LaJolla, California. From there he and several other people formed the Center for Studies of the Person (CSP).[1] He remained there until his death in 1987.

Legacy

The last ten years of Rogers life were the most important period in his career. During this time, he used his person-centered approach in helping relationships into the resolution of inter-group and international conflict.[2] He and his colleagues conducted many experiments in cross cultural communication and peacemaking through many venues, such as the Carl Rogers Peace Project. For this work, Rogers was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. While this work is not widely known, it is important because it puts Rogers' contributions into a wider social and political context. Rogers work contributed to psychology, psychotherapy and group work.[2]

Selected works by Carl Rogers

  • Clinical Treatment of the Problem Child (1939)
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy: Newer Concepts in Practice (1942)
  • Client-Centered Therapy: Its Current Practice, Implications, and Theory (1951)
  • On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy (1961)
  • Person to Person: The Problem of Being Human (1967)
  • Freedom to Learn: A View of What Education Might Become (1969)
  • On Encounter Groups (1970)
  • Becoming Partners: Marriage and Its Alternatives (1972)
  • On Personal Power: Inner Strength and Its Revolutionary Impact (1977)
  • A Way of Being (1980)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Carl Rogers Biography (1902-1987)". http://psychology.about.com/od/profilesofmajorthinkers/p/bio_rogers.htm. Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kirschenbaum, Howard (1979). On Becoming Carl Rogers. Preface i.