A Quote From Humanistic Psychologist Carl Rogers

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2017)

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” – Carl Rogers

One of my absolute favorite quotes comes from the humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers. Known for his non-directive approach to psychotherapy, known as client-centered therapy, Rogers’s philosophy centered strongly on the idea that people are basically good.

Rogers believed that all people have what is known as an actualizing tendency. Essentially, we all strive to maximize our potential and be all that we can be. People who follow this actualizing tendency can become what he referred to as a fully-functioning person. Some of the key characteristics of a fully-functioning person are the tendency to be open to new experiences, an ability to change in response to new experiences, an ability to live in harmony with others, and unconditional self-regard.

Learn more about Rogers’s life and theories in the following links and resources:

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  1. Alkan Öztürk April 30, 2016 / 9:02 am


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