In his fifty-year professional career, psychologist Carl R. Rogers (1902-1987) was a pioneer whose work inspired many people. His continuing legacy is evident not only in the field of therapeutic psychology, where he is considered one of the twentieth century's giants, but also in education, peace work, religion, community and other organizations, and philosophy.
All of these applications stem from Rogers' abilities to develop a certain way of relating ("living with") those people with whom he came in contact. Rogers practiced these abilities in relationships where he was moved to help another person; he researched, thought and wrote about these abilities and their successes.
Rogers' groundbreaking sensitivity is that for a person to be truly helped, the important healing factor is the relationship itself. Rogers focused on the ways that the helper can promote certain core conditions between him or herself and the client. The helper approaches the relationship by addressing the whole person of the other, not presupposing that the other lacks in some knowledge or technique in which the helper is an expert. The helper comes to the meeting as a whole person, open to being moved by the other person through their relationship as it develops, responding in his or her experiencing the relationship.