Person Centered - Person-Centered Therapy Therapy “I think no human being can give more than this Making think life possible for the other if

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Unformatted text preview: Person-Centered Therapy Therapy “I think no human being can give more than this. Making think life possible for the other, if only for a moment.” Martin Buber Buber “…what I give (someone) is permission to be, which is what different from bestowing something on (someone).” Carl Rogers Rogers A word on “understanding” word Very rarely do we permit ourselves to understand….If I let myself really Very understand….If understand another person, I might be changed by that understanding….it is not an easy thing to permit oneself ot understand an individual….” Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person On Sacramental nature of hermeneutics Grace: to be truly understood The sanctuary of the therapeutic presence allows for the sharing of the The “unholy and taboo” To understand is not to “capture,” “wrap up,” “denote,” or “categorize” Understanding is more than the activity of the executive functioning of the Understanding brain…(if so, as Heidegger says, we would be merely brain processes relating to one another) relating Understanding and being understood are existential unfoldings and Understanding disclosures of Dasein Dasein Basics Basics Person as unfolding, natural actualization Illness: as incongruence due to stifled selfhood as Health: as congruence and natural unfolding as of the self Therapy: as unconditional positive regard as Qualities of therapeutic presence Qualities Warmth Warmth Genuineness Genuineness Hospitality in the true sense of the word: valuing another to Hospitality the extend of putting oneself into play Honest acknowledgement of experiences with clients, Honest ability to own them, be with them, and use them as appropriate in clinical situations (Qui bono?) appropriate Congruence Clear, accountable communication/comportment Unconditional Positive Regard: What it is, and what it is not What What it’s not: Passivity, compliance, masochism, conflict Passivity, avoidant, play back tape recorder, being nice, being agreeable, blowing sunshine around, or suspension from contingencies and finitude and What it is: Radical acceptance of the person moving in the world and my Radical experience with them Believing any and all expressions and comportments are Believing expressions of significance and meaning expressions Horizontalization and non-pathologization More than welcoming, but affirming Most importantly, a “never give up” struggle to understand How unconditional positive regard facilitates change facilitates Goal-less change agent, non commodified—fights against the Goal-less commodification of the human soul, which makes us sick commodification Heart of psychopathology is loneliness; all diagnoses are struggles with Heart loneliness in the world loneliness Heart of loneliness is not being understood and validated Healing comes through being understood and validated; Another’s Healing acceptance of me, allows and invites me to accept myself: Rogers: “… “… curious paradox…when I accept myself as I am, then I change” curious Accepting presence allows for owning disowned aspects of the self, which Accepting empowers persons and heals shame This allows for the natural wisdom and growth to unfold into what one is This coming to be, freely living out oneself in one’s niche boosts one’s immune system; this is facilitated by the permission granted from another to radically accept oneself radically Critiques Critiques Accepting the unacceptable, thus making Accepting malevolence acceptable? malevolence Can one truly be “unconditional?” Unfolded or constructed? Unconditional acceptance only of growth-ful living? Unconditional The world is not unconditional, positive regarding, The why tease clients? why Too positive, too trusting a view of human nature? Buber and Rogers: Are the client and the therapist Buber egalitarian? egalitarian? ...
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This note was uploaded on 05/26/2011 for the course PSY PY437, PY taught by Professor Rogers during the Spring '11 term at The Chicago School of Prof. Psychology.

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