How do human beings come to be the people they are? More specifically, why do some people come to experience the psychological difficulties that they do? These are the questions that developmental and personality theorists in the counseling and psychotherapy field have asked, and this chapter looks at person-centred attempts to answer these questions. The principal focus of this chapter is on developments from childhood to adulthood. Discussed in this chapter is the historical development of theories of personality and growth in the person-centred field; Rogers' classic model of human development; evidence in support of the classical model; contemporary critiques and developments of Rogers' classical model; and the relevance of developmental and personality theory to person-centred practice.
|Title of host publication
|The handbook of person-centred psychotherapy and counselling, 2nd ed
|118 - 135
|Published - 2013