“The Quiet Revolutionary”: A Timely Revisiting of Carl Rogers’ Visionary Contribution to Human Understanding

  • Kathleen O’Dwyer

Abstract




Many aspects of life today are perceived as complex and perplexing, and in particular the many-faceted area of human relationships. This article argues that the ideas and visions of Carl Rogers offer a constructive and encouraging perspective which merits a re-examination and a consideration of its relevance in our contemporary world. Rogers’ work was primarily directed towards the development of his counselling and psychotherapeutic theories. However, his writings also convey a deep commitment to intimacy, genuineness and real communication in significant relationships in everyday life. Rogers’ vision of genuine relationship may be deemed idealistic and irrelevant to contemporary living; however, an examination of Rogers’ ‘core conditions’ for optimal human relating and his understanding of human flourishing reveals a courageous faith and hope in human nature. Perhaps, our present world, with its ever-expanding array of virtual connectivity and corresponding alienation, may be enriched by a careful consideration of Rogers’ insights and ideals.


Published
Jul 1, 2012
How to Cite
O’DWYER, Kathleen. “The Quiet Revolutionary”: A Timely Revisiting of Carl Rogers’ Visionary Contribution to Human Understanding. International Journal of Existential Positive Psychology, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 12, july 2012. ISSN 1708-1696. Available at: <http://journal.existentialpsychology.org/index.php/ExPsy/article/view/186>. Date accessed: 17 sep. 2019.