Portraits of Pioneers in Psychology - Vol. 3

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especially to himself, and tried to express his feelings as faithfully as he could, he was so convinced of the positive and constructive effects of emotional interactions that he remained relatively blind to their destructive possibilities, whether in the dyadic or group context.

Although I continue to question certain aspects of Rogers' theoretical and professional attitudes, I do not believe that what I say about him in this chapter is an undue expression of negative transference. I also continue to have great respect for him, and the lasting effects of my personal relationship with Rogers may contain residuals that led me to write about him more positively, as well as more critically, than I might have otherwise. Thus, this postscript ends with the message of admiration, mixed with criticism, that must be the lot of many contributors to human endeavor. Carl Rogers' legacy of spirited humanism and the confidence that human beings could, if appropriately helped, develop toward greater self-direction and personal control is a worthy inheritance for psychology. So, however, is the understanding that self-satisfied good intentions, even in the service of the human good, carry the potential for harming those that they intend to help.


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