Saturday, April 30, 2011

Weekend Wise Words

Be smart. Be brilliant.

Carl Ransom Rogers (January 8, 1902 – February 4, 1987) was an influential American psychologist and among the founders of the humanistic approach to psychology. Rogers is widely considered to be one of the founding fathers of psychotherapy research and was honored for his pioneering research with the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions by the American Psychological Association in 1956.

Among the things Carl Rogers has said, are:

In a person who is open to experience each stimulus is freely relayed through the nervous system, without being distorted by any process of defensiveness.

In my early professionals years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?

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

The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.
The ve1ry essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.
- Carl Rogers

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