Notable Living Contemporary Teachers

Place of Birth
Oak Park, Illinois USA

Foundation of Teaching
Psychology-Humanistic Approach, Client-Centered Therapy

Example of Teaching
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

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Carl Rogers

Carl Rogers (1902-1987) was a humanistic psychologist agreed with most of what
Maslow believed, but added that for a person to “grow”, they need an
environment that provides them with genuineness (openness and self-disclosure),
acceptance (being seen with unconditional positive regard), and empathy (being
listened to and understood).  He wrote 16 books and more than two hundred
articles and received many honors, including the Distinguished Scientific
Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association.

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.  This was
one of Carl Rogers most important contributions to psychology and for a person
to reach their potential a number of factors must be satisfied.

Rogers believed that people are inherently good and creative and they become
destructive only when a poor self-concept or external constraints override the
valuing process.  Carl Rogers believed that for a person to achieve
self-actualization they must be in a state of congruence.

One of Rogers’s most significant contributions involved his concern for the education
of children and adolescents, as well as adults.  Rogers was also at the
forefront of psychology, engaging in discussions with international scholars.



  1. “The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.”
  2. “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
  3. “Growth occurs when individuals confront problems, struggle to master them, and through that struggle develop new aspects of their skills, capacities, views about life.”
  4. “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.”
  5. “When I look at the world I’m pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic.”
  6. “In my early professional 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?”
  7. “The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.”
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