20 Best Carl Rogers Quotes

20 Best Carl Rogers Quotes

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Carl Ransom Rogers was a psychologist from San Diego, California. He is most famous for being one of the founders of the humanistic approach to psychology. He earned the Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Psychology in 1972. He died on February 4, 1987 at the age of 85.

“Allowance of the freedom of choices in direction, either for the group or individuals particularly in the near future.”

“Am I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me, and which truly expresses me?”

“Being empathic means: “To be with another in this way means that for the time being you lay aside the views and values you hold for yourself in order to enter another’s world without
prejudice. In some sense it means that you lay aside your self and this can only be done by a person who is secure enough in himself that he knows he will not get lost in what may turn out
to be the strange or bizarre world of the other, and can comfortably return to his own world when he wishes. Perhaps this description makes clear that being empathic is a complex, demanding,
strong yet subtle and gentle way of being.”

“Don’t be the ammunition wagon, be the rifle … knowledge exists primarily for use.”

“I am less and less a creature of influences in myself which operate beyond my ken in the realms of the unconscious. I am increasingly an architect of self. I am free to will and choose. I
can, through accepting my individuality, my ‘isness,’ become more of my uniqueness, more of my potentiality.”

“I’m not perfect… But I’m enough.”

“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?”

“It is a direction not a destination.”

“It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried.”

“Openness to all attitudes no matter how extreme or unrealistic they may seem.”

“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if I can let them be… When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner”… I don’t try to
control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”

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

“The degree to which I can create relationships, which facilitate the growth of others as separate persons, is a measure of the growth I have achieved in myself.”

“The facts are always friendly, every bit of evidence one can acquire, in any area, leads one that much closer to what is true.”

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.”

“The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.”

there is direction but there is no destination.”

“True empathy is always free of any evaluative or diagnostic quality. This comes across to the recipient with some surprise. “If I am not being judged, perhaps I am not so evil or abnormal
as I have thought.”

“When a person realizes he has been deeply heard, his eyes moisten. I think in some real sense he is weeping for joy. It is as though he were saying, “Thank God, somebody heard me. Someone
knows what it’s like to be me.”

“When I look at the world I’m pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic.”