Carl Rogers On Personal Power

Carl Rogers on Personal Power

Carl Rogers


Why won’t I take on my own personal power and why do I let myself feel powerless in the face of those who seem to decide for me?

“With more complete expression, individuals are recognized for their uniqueness and strengths, and mutual trust begins to develop.”

A radically freeing book from the pen of Carl Rogers.

Another Revealing Book From Rogers

He states in the Introduction to this 1977 book, “Most notably (cultural change) has altered the thinking about power and control in relationships between persons. That is what this book is about. So you will find in these pages many men
and women who are walking softly through life—and creating a revolution as they do so. The book tells of homes and schools and industries and interfaces between races and cultures, all of which have been drastically changed by persons
who trust their own power, do not feel a need to have ‘power over,’ and who are willing to foster and facilitate the latent strength in the other person… These changes indicate that a quiet revolution is already under way. They point to a future of a very different nature, built around a new type of self-empowered person who is emerging.”
Steven P.


This is an interesting book. In it Rogers shows really ambitious his person-centered theory is, and how difficult it is to apply. What it boils down to is that if the world was filled with caring relationships, it would be a much better place to live in. Through his encounter groups, Rogers meant to explore how wide varieties of people could learn to get along and work through complex problems in their lives. He goes a little to far with the free love theories, but as I read the book, especially his final chapter “In a Nutshell,” I began to realize he was serious about changing the world into a more person-centered place. He was the nurturer in this vast world of conflict and violence. The power he is referring to here is the power and capacity for human beings to love and appreciate each other during this very short time we have together on this earth.
James M.

A Daring New Paradigm

Carl Rogers dares to develop a non-hierarchical paradigm of human relationships. He explores key social structures and institutions, including marriage, education, parenting and administration, with the view that all persons in the relationships are inherently of equal value. “On Personal Power” is refreshingly optimistic, with a tinge of “the dawning of the Age of Aquarius” flavor, which may motivate some baby boomers to ask themselves, “What ever happened to our hopes and endeavors?”
Frank D.


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