Brief Biography of Carl Rogers (1902-1987):


  • Grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, on a farm with very strict, religious parents
  • Third son in a family of five brothers and one sister
  • Feelings and emotions were not encouraged in the family
  • Was a very sensitive child and deeply religious
  • Studied agriculture at the University of Wisconsin
  • Attended the Liberal Union Theological Seminary in NYC
  • Obtained his Doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University
  • Director of the Child Study department of the Rochester Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, then Director of the Guidance Center in Rochester
  • First to record, transcribe and publish complete cases of Psychotherapy for research
  • First Psychologist to receive the Distinguished Scientific Contribution award (1957) and Distinguished Professional award (1973)
  • Was a leading spokesperson for the “humanistic and existential psychology movement” in the 1960’s and 1970’s, which recognized and respected the client’s subjective experiences
  • His theory became known as the person-centered theory in the 1980’s
  • Challenged the basic assumption that the “counselor knows best” when he placed the emphasis upon the “client” in psychotherapy
  • One of the most influential individuals in changing the concepts of psychotherapy
  • Rogers’ view of human nature was phenomenological

(Rogers, 1980), (Kirschenbaum & Jourdan, 2005), (Corey, 2009)


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