The Narcissistic Mistake


A wave of narcissism swept this country during the late 1960’s and 1970’s. We heard “Do your own thing.” “If it feels good, do it.” We read the Gestalt prayer by Fritz Perls, “I do my thing, you do yours, if we meet it is wonderful, if not, it can’t be helped.”

The representative rubric of this “me-ism” was “Here’s what I want, to Hell with what you want.” There was a reaction against this error. It was seen as destructive and anticommunity. Actually it could have been a building block for a new kind of community. It was not recognized as such. It was seen as a threat. As a result, there was a massive retreat to what was before.



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Carl R. Rogers developed a profound practice and understanding of psychotherapy. Rogers’ essential insight is that certain qualities of the relationship between therapist and client (or person and person) can be learned and practiced to create an optimal interpersonal climate for personal growth, development, and healing. In this course, we will be learning through our own experience, reflection, and practice.
March 5th - 7th 2021.

Carl Rogers Interim Conference

We are pleased to announce our upcoming interim conference, which will provide a safe space to join together for Community and support during our continuing Corona-isolation.

The Encounter Group process is central to the way we seek to be with and interact with one another at the Center for Studies of the Person (CSP). Even those familiar with the structure may have questions…March 20 & 21, 2021

Kids Workshop

This workshop presented by Barbara and Heather Williams will explore the person centered approach and play therapy. With their own developed philosophy, they build upon the principles of humanistic psychology developed by Carl Rogers, Virginia Satir, and Virginia Axline. Their work focuses on the deep respect for a child and the child’s wisdom.

April 17th & 18th, 2021



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