Developmental and personality theory.

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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 counselling and psychotherapy field have asked, and this chapter looks at person-centred attempts to answer these questions. The chapter begins with a historical overview of theories of personality and development in the person-centred field and then goes on to present a detailed summary of Rogers' (1951,1959) original formulation. This is followed by a presentation of three key areas in which Rogers' work has been critiqued and developed by contemporary scholars in the person-centred field: relational theories of personality, self and development; pluralistic theories; and ones which attempt to broaden out Rogers' original model.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationThe handbook of person-centred psychotherapy and counselling
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages77 - 92
ISBN (Print)1-4039-4512-8
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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