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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Quotes - Carl Rpogers

On Becoming a Person (1961)

  • It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried.
    • Source: page 11
  • Experience is, for me, the highest authority. The touchstone of validity is my own experience. No other person's ideas, and none of my own ideas, are as authoritative as my experience. It is to experience that I must return again and again, to discover a closer approximation to truth as it is in the process of becoming in me. Neither the Bible nor the prophets -- neither Freud nor research -- neither the revelations of God nor man -- can take precedence over my own direct experience. My experience is not authoritative because it is infallible. It is the basis of authority because it can always be checked in new primary ways. In this way its frequent error or fallibility is always open to correction.
    • Source: page 23-24
  • If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning.
    • Source: page # not specified
  • Don't be the ammunition wagon, be the rifle ... knowledge exists primarily for use.
    • Source: page 281
  • "What I am is good enough, if I could just be it openly.