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The Characteristics of a Helping Relationship

Posted by on 27. October 2017 | 0 comments

In 1961 Carl R. Rogers publishes his first best seller, a book he thought was for psychologists only, but which sold copy after copy to people in all kind of professions. The book was called “On Becoming a Person”, and marked the divulgation of the Rogerian approach. Rogers coins the term “the actualizing tendency”, which he claims is a biological tendency in all living organisms to display their full potential. In a person this full potential may be reached if the person has the optimal conditions for growth. He or she will have these conditions if s/he is surrondded by people with three attitudes: Empathy Accept (unconditional positive regard)...

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