Person-Centered Theory

Developed by Carl Rogers person-centered theory is used in therapeutic settings to help people deal with their problems.

When originally developed it was revolutionary because it did not place emphasis on the therapist but on the patient and their perception of themselves. Rogers believed that to develop the self to the fullest potential you need positive regard from others and positive self regard for yourself.

Positivity was a central focus with the word "no" and negative responses being omitted from therapeutic settings. Empathy for the patient is emphasized along with a non-judgmental attitude from the therapist.

Rogers believed that a person could be helped and heal themselves if they were in an environment where they felt free from physical and psychological threats. Although the person-centered approach is most commonly used in therapeutic settings it has also been adapted for use in general social relationships.

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