This is a careful, yet spirited collection of essays, thoughts, memories and feelings by two dozen current and former members. Some personal in tone, some more theoretical or whimsical, all shine light on how it is and was to personally experience what become key moments for one’s own life. In this unique professional community influences are explored among colleagues and with wider worlds.” Edited by John Thomas Wood price $25 plus shipping etc.
In the year 2018 Center for Studies of the Person celebrates a half century of existence. That’s right, CSP is fifty years old! One of the ways we are celebrating is by publishing a book. Called “A Place To Be,” it is a collection of essays, articles, talks, memories, reflections and nonsense written by more than 30 former and present Center members. At least half the work has not been published before and was written just for this book; the other half is a sometimes provocative series of pieces we have collected from our archives and published work. It adds up to a very interesting volume that you can read and reflect on for years to come. It will also inspire you.
The late Carl Rogers, founder of the humanistic psychology movement, revolutionized psychotherapy with his concept of “client-centered therapy.” His influence has spanned decades, but that influence has become so much a part of mainstream psychology that the ingenious nature of his work has almost been forgotten. A new introduction by Peter Kramer sheds light on the significance of Dr. Rogers’s work today. New discoveries in the field of psychopharmacology, especially that of the antidepressant Prozac, have spawned a quick-fix drug revolution that has obscured the psychotherapeutic relationship. As the pendulum slowly swings back toward an appreciation of the therapeutic encounter, Dr. Rogers’s “client-centered therapy” becomes particularly timely and important.
My inner self is very private I protect it from my managing self Often losing touch with it as I hide it While my managing self battles for what I think is my survival In a difficult outer world. (from Notes About Congruence)
I imagine we are developing our relationships with death. Are those relationships becoming friendships?
“I see myself as having a poetic glow somewhere down inside me…”
How was I to know he danced To the beauty of the ridge? That the glen glazed his eyes for so much to see. (from His Eyes, Darkened by My Shadow)
What I have just read to you – these words They are the second thing that comes to me. If words did not come to me I would go over and lick your hand. (from I Observe My Dog and I Say to Myself, Does a Dog Think?)
Bruce Meador’s wisdom fries in his pan of wry humor. This book contains the classic, Homer Sledge’s Boy.
“What alarms me slightly is the fervor with which…Person-Centered Approach beliefs are held as though they constitute an absolute belief – a truth that is self evident.” Steve Vincent is concerned with differentiating between the work of those persons who counsel by implementing skills and those who are Person (or Client)-Centered in their being. In these essays he approaches his concerns by threading together various of his understandings: What is Humanism? What do different types of therapies do, and what do they imply about human beings? And especially, what does (and does not) constitute Person-Centered therapy?”