January 8, 1902|
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||February 4, 1987
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Institutions||Ohio State University
University of Chicago
University of Wisconsinâ€“Madison
Western Behavioral Sciences Institute
Center for Studies of the Person
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsinâ€“Madison
Teachers College, Columbia University
|Known for||The Person-centered approach (e.g., Client-centered therapy, Student-centered learning, Rogerian argument)|
|Influences||Otto Rank, Kurt Goldstein, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, B.F. Skinner, Friedrich Nietzsche, Alfred Adler|
|Notable awards||Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Psychology (1956, APA); Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied Psychology as a Professional Practice (1972, APA); 1964 Humanist of the Year (American Humanist Association)|
When I look at the world I'm pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic.
With the price of life these days, you've got to get everything for free you can.
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.
I believe that the testing of the student's achievements in order to see if he meets some criterion held by the teacher, is directly contrary to the implications of therapy for significant learning.
The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.
The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.
The facts are always friendly, every bit of evidence one can acquire, in any area, leads one that much closer to what is true.
In a person who is open to experience each stimulus is freely relayed through the nervous system, without being distorted by any process of defensiveness.
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?
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.