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On Becoming a Person

A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
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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.

With a new introduction by Peter Kramer, this landmark book is a classic in its field and a must-listen for anyone interested in clinical psychology or personal growth.

©1961, 1989 Carl R. Rogers; Introduction copyright 1995 by Peter D. Kramer, MD (P)2017 Tantor

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"Deeply insightful...Roger's phenomenal text - On Becoming a Person - has highlighted to me the importance of the relationship between counselor and client within the person-centered approach." (Health Psychology Consultancy)
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My favourite book, basically ever

I re-read this one from time to time. Not once has it failed to warm my heart or clear my mind. I'm no psychotherapist, but a patient. The process Dr. Rogers describes provoked me to reevaluate my trajectory and embrace authenticity beyond merely the performance of it. I'll sound a little corny here, but I'm 100% serious when I say that reading "On Becoming a Person" led me to *being*, to existing within myself and living my own life in a meaningful way. I'm probably overselling this thing, but seriously, if you're reading this review, buy the damn book.

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Insightful

Highly recommended for would-be counsellors and therapists, as well as current teachers and administrators.
Very dense and at times laborious. It is worth the effort to listen carefully.

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  • 2018-04-08

An introduction to the core humanistic issues

when Rogers talks about human beings and why they are intrinsically positive and social beings, it's eaay to consider him naive but when he describes why he thinks that, you'll change your mind. He's rooting for life, for becoming more mature, more actualized, for becoming who you are which is in fact a core idea in existential philosophy.
There are many things lacking in his views specially when he talks about global conflicts but nevertheless reading him in his own words has been quite different than how Psychology textbooks described him. I keep thinking to myself maybe he is right, maybe all anyone needs is just unconditional regards, acceptance and adequate warms. I've tried his method on myself to be more open, to let go of rigidity, looking for validations outside of myself and it's been fantastic.

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  • Deedra
  • 2017-12-01

On Becoming a Person:A Therapists view

This book is a staple of learning in the field of psychology.Client based therapy was not an idea before Carl R Rogers developed it in the 1960's.Most Psychology students will recall reading at least parts of it.In fact,my husband came in the room and knew what I was listening to.He read it in college!
The introduction was fascinating to me.Listening to how he came to some of his ideas and why they were so important was eye opening.Joe Hempel was the perfect narrator.He has a very nice voice,his inflection and feelings come through nicely.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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  • Kimberly K.
  • 2018-04-22

awesome book! Carl is amazing!

We lost a legendary mind, whem Carl past away. Beautiful book, stimulates insight and self awareness.

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  • Joshua Morrow
  • 2018-03-31

A must read for the modern person

A fantastic book by a master therapist and scientist seeking to bring to our modern day the remedies of the psychological ills that haunt us, and to invoke the best from people.

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  • mark peterson
  • 2018-01-13

Roger's has several key chapters here where he's

...a century before his time (the duality of human psychology, where both causal/deterministic and freedom exist, being like that of physics in describing light both in terms of particle and wave... Great stuff!

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  • Scott Craig
  • 2019-11-26

Five stars for Becoming A Person

Thank you Mr. Rogers (Carl).
Wonderful to listen to this classic in its entirety.
Easy to listen to, nice presentation Mr. Joe Hempel. Though I did find it better at 1.25 speed... and , admittedly, X2 through some of the research-science material...

As a Counseling profession Graduate student I SO MUCH prefer reading the actual material if Carl Rogers than a Journal article or textbook talking about what someone else “ thought-thinks” of C.R.
Thank you Audible 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Scott

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  • ya-rule
  • 2019-06-06

informative

super informative. pleasure to listen and learn. a real work of art. highly recommend for all

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  • 2020-07-04

Profound, insightful, and hopeful

This text is deeply meaningful to the humanist and those who would seek to better understand others and themselves.

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  • 2020-02-13

A Classic Read

This is not the most riveting of books but has valuable insight I to human condition!

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  • Stevie Hazlewood
  • 2018-08-06

Exceptional book!

Essential book for every library! Carl Rogers presents his therapeutic approach which facilitates keeping both the client and therapist present and aware of themselves within their relational dynamics.