Carl Rogers

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Carl Rogers


Born: January 8, 1902 Died: February 4, 1987

"The only person who cannot be helped is that person who blames others.” -Carl Rogers

Psychology went against everything he had ever been taught at home and in school his entire life.


He had originally planned to study agriculture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with an undergraduate focus on history and religion.

Carl Rogers had an huge influence on psychology and education. He is aslo considered to be one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century. More therapists use Rogers as their top influence more than any other psychologist. His lifetime of research and experiential work focused on demonstrating psychological conditions. He strived for open communication and pushing individuals to achieve their full potential. He made the transition from traditional psychoanalysis, and developed client centered psychotherapy.

Carl Rogers enrolled at the University of Wisconsin in 1919 as an agriculture major, but later changed to religion.He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1924 with a bachelor's degree in History and enrolled at the Union Theological Seminary before transferring to Teachers College of Columbia University to complete his master's degree. He completed his doctorate at Columbia in 1931.



Carl Rogers is known as the father of client centered therapy. Throughout his career he dedicated himself to humanistic psychology and is well known for his theory of personality development. He developed his humanistic concept while working with abused children. He attempted to change the idea of psychotherapy by claiming that some therapists were preventing their clients from reaching self realization and self growth due to their authoritive analysis. He believed therapists should allow patients to discover solutiosn for themselves.



"It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried." -Carl Rogers

"When I look at the world I'm pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic." -Carl Rogers



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