The Ideal Self: Realistic Or A Myth?

Dr Nicholas Jenner

Femme-nature-eau-jambes-2-640x450Anyone who practices therapy or has an interest in it will have probably been influenced by Carl Rogers. He developed person-centered therapy and was one of the key founders of humanistic psychology.  His knowledge and influence is still present today in many therapeutic approaches and his books are still widely read. He is certainly one of my influences because he makes sense. His theories are practicable by everyone and he speaks to all of us equally.

Rogers did a lot of work on self actualization and development. He agreed with the main assumptions of Alfred Maslow ( that some human needs were more powerful than others. He divided those needs into five general categories, from most urgent to most advanced: physiological, safety, belonging/love, esteem, and self-actualization) but added that to achieve human needs, one also needs an environment that fosters such growth. Rogers believed that, we as humans…

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