Psychology for Lawyers

carl rogers


"Carl Rogers, one of the twentieth century's great psychotherapists, knew something about listening. He wrote, 'The great majority of us cannot listen; we find ourselves compelled to evaluate, because listening is too dangerous. The first requirement is courge, and we do not always have it.' He knew that llistening could transforme people.

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Sometimes it takes a long time to figure out what someone genuinely means when they are talkig. This is because often they are articulating their ideas for the first time. They can't do it without wandering down blind alleys or making contradictory or even onsensical claims. This is partly because talking (and thinking) is often more about forgetting than about remembering. To discuss an event, particularly something emotional . . . is to slowly choose what to leave behind. To begin . . . much that is not necessary must be put into words. The emotion-laden speaker must recount the whole experience, in detail. Only then can the central narrative . . . come into focus or consolidate itself. Only then can the moral of the story be derived."

--Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos 245, 247 (Toronto: Random House Canada, 2018)


Carl Rogers, Significant Aspects of Client-Centered Therapy [online text]

Carl B. Rogers, On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy 167-175 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., Sentry edition, 1961)

"The Power of Listening," in Gerry Spence, Win Your Case 34-46 (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2005)

Class Videos

Class Viewing 1: Carl Rogers on Person-Centered Therapy [3:43 mins.] [referring to the patient's inner world; drawing a distinction between being an expert and simply try to help the patient]

Class Viewing 2: Person Centred and Process Experiential Emotion Focused Therapy
[9:30 mins.] [end class presentation at 5:39 mins.] [Robert Elliott explains Carl Rogers' approach to psychotherapy, and approaches to psychotherapy that grew from Rogers' work; explaining his own emotion-focused therapy] Pt2 [9:52 mins.] [Pt2 will not be shown in class]

Class Viewing 3: Carl Rogers Lecture on Listening and Empathy [14:23 mins.] [1974] Pt2 [9:26 mins.] Pt3 [14:07 mins.] Pt4 [10:58 mins.] [total viewing time: approx. 50:00 mins.] [alt. source]

Class Viewing 4: Carl Rogers in Ten Minutes [10:06 mins.] [Eric Dodson]

Class Viewing 5: Jordan Peterson on Carl Rogers [50:09 mins.] [2017] [presentation on Carl Rogers begins at 38:54 mins.] [Peterson presents some cogent remarks about therapy and the theraputic relationship]

Reference (Jordan Peterson on Carl Rogers)

2106 Lecture on Phenomenology and Carl Rogers
[1:15:33 mins.]

2015 Lecture on Carl Rogers
[1:19:03 mins.] [begins presentation with comments on phenomenology]

2014 Lecture on Carl Rogers (Phenomenological Humanism)
[1:13:33 mins.]

Reference (Video | Carl Rogers)

Carl Rogers
[2:36 mins.]

Carl Rogers: A Conversation
[30:30 mins.] [1983]

Carl Rogers: Counseling in Action
[9:07 mins.]
Pt. II [9:57 mins.] Pt. III [9:47 mins.] Pt. IV [10:00 mins.] Pt. V [7:34 mins.]

Carl Rogers: The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, 1985
[3:56 mins.]

Personality: Humanism, Carl Rogers, Person-Centered Theory, and Self-Esteem
[16:36 mins.] [Chris Dula, East Tennessee State] [reference to schemas & scripts; reference to Carl Rogers at 4:04 mins., but moves immediately to talk about self-concept]

About Carl Rogers and Rogerian Therapy

Rogerian Approach to Counseling Explained
[4:55 mins.]

Beginning of Rogerian Therapy
[4:38 mins.] [Jules Seeman] [reference to Otto Rank]

Perspectives on the Masters: Carl Rogers
[57:01 mins.; the Carl Rogers commentary is the first 9:38 mins. of the video] [2011] [Dr. Jeffrey Zeig talking about the "masters" also discusses Virginia Satir, Eric Erickson, Carl Whitaker, & Victor Frankl]

Emotion-Focused Therapy

EFT Distinctive Features and Influence
[14:05 mins.] [Robert Elliott] Pt2 [14:37 mins.] Pt3 [11:37 mins.] Pt4 [9:23 mins.]

Les Greenberg on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
[8:04 mins.]

Leslie Greenberg on Emotion-Focused Therapy in 2016
[43:56 mins.]

EFT Training
[13:44 mins.] [Leslie Greenberg] Pt2 [10:33 mins.]

How Do You Change Emotions?
[1:57 mins.]


Carl R. Rogers, Client-Centered Therapy (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1965)(1951)

___________, On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1961)

___________, A Way of Being (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1980)

Web Resources

Carl Rogers
[Saul McLeod, Simply Psychology]

Carl Rogers: 1902-1987

Carl Rogers

Carl Rogers: Humanistic Psychology

Carl Rogers and Humanistic Education

Conditions for Therapeutic Change
[Carl Rogers outlines his theory of counseling]

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