Carl Rogers

The Humanistic Psychologist

Rogers believed that every person can achieve their goals, wishes and desires in life. When, or rather if they did so, self actualization took place. Rogers lived from 1902-1987. His major contribution to psychology is his study of self actualization. Self actualization occurs when a person's ideal self is congruent with their actual behavior. In other words, you are happy with your image.

Humanistic thought's big groundbreaker is Abraham Maslow. Carl Rogers agreed with Maslow's main assumptions. However he added that for a person to grow,they need an environment that provides them with genuineness, acceptance, and empathy.For Rogers people who are able be self-actualize, and that is not all of us, are called fully functioning persons. In many ways Rogers regarded the fully functioning person as an ideal and one that people do not ultimately achieve.

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