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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Carl Rogers on conditions, empathy, listening, positive, unconditional, congruence, sunset, active-listening, references and worth.

23 Insightful Quotes By Carl Rogers That Will Help You Cultivate Empathy

Quick Facts

Famous As: Psychologist

Born On: January 8, 1902

Died On: February 4, 1987

Born In: Oak Park

Died At Age: 85

Carl Rogers was an illustrious American psychologist and one of the initiators of the humanistic approach to psychology, also known as client-centred approach. He is extensively regarded as one of the originators of psychotherapy research. ‘American Psychological Association’ also honoured him with the ‘Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions for his pioneering research. The unique approach that he formulated in order to understand human relationships and personality which he called the person-centred approach has been widely applied in a number of domains including education, psychotherapy, organizations, counselling and other group settings. We have collected several quotes and thoughts by Carl Rogers. Go through the quotes and sayings by Carl Rogers which have been extracted from the enormous sea of his writings, thoughts, philosophies, books, works and life.

Each person is an island unto himself, in a very real sense; and he can only build bridges to other islands if he is first of all willing to be himself and permitted to be himself.

Carl Rogers

The degree to which I can create relationships, which facilitate the growth of others as separate persons, is a measure of the growth I have achieved in myself.

Carl Rogers

What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly.

Carl Rogers

What you are to be, you are now becoming.

Carl Rogers

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.

Carl Rogers

It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried.

Carl Rogers

People only seriously consider change when they feel accepted for exactly who they are.

Carl Rogers

The only person who cannot be helped is that person who blames others.

Carl Rogers

The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.

Carl Rogers

A person cannot teach another person directly; a person can only facilitate another's learning

Carl Rogers

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.

Carl Rogers

As no one else can know how we perceive, we are the best experts on ourselves.

Carl Rogers

We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.

Carl Rogers

Growth occurs when individuals confront problems, struggle to master them, and through that struggle develop new aspects of their skills, capacities, views about life.

Carl Rogers

When the other person is hurting, confused, troubled, anxious, alienated, terrified; or when he or she is doubtful of self-worth, uncertain as to identity, then understanding is called for. The gentle and sensitive companionship of an empathic stance… provides illumination and healing. In such situations deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another.

Carl Rogers

When someone really hears you without passing judgment on you, without trying to take responsibility for you, without trying to mold you, it feels damn good. . . . When I have been listened to and when I have been heard, I am able to re-perceive my world in a new way and to go on. It is astonishing how elements which seem insoluble become soluble when someone listens. How confusions which seem irremediable turn into relatively clear flowing streams when one is heard.

Carl Rogers

In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?

Carl Rogers

The way of being with another person which is termed empathic...means temporarily living in their life, moving abut in it delicately without making judgment... to be with another in this way means that for the time being you lay aside the views and values you hold for yourself in order to enter the other's world without prejudice...a complex, demanding, strong yet subtle and gentle way of being.

Carl Rogers

I think my deepest criticism of the educational system . . . is that it's all based upon a distrust of the student. Don't trust him to follow his own leads; guide him; tell him what to do; tell him what he should think; tell him what he should learn. Consequently at the very age when he should be developing adult characteristics of choice and decision making, when he should be trusted on some of those things, trusted to make mistakes and to learn from those mistakes, he is, instead, regimented and shoved into a curriculum, whether it fits him or not.

Carl Rogers

I realize that if I were stable, prudent and static; I'd live in death. Therefore I accept confusion, uncertainty, fear and emotional ups and downs; because that's the price I'm willing to pay for a fluid, perplexed and exciting life.

Carl Rogers

One of the most satisfying experiences I know is fully to appreciate an individual in the same way I appreciate a sunset. When I look at a sunset... I don't find myself saying, 'Soften the orange a little more on the right hand corner, and put a bit more purple along the base, and use a little more pink in the cloud color...' I don't try to control a sunset. I watch it with awe as it unfolds.

Carl Rogers

If I can listen to what he can tell me, if I can understand how it seems to him; if I can see its personal meaning for him, if I can sense the emotional flavor which it has for him, then I will be releasing potent forces of change in him.

Carl Rogers

The only reality I can possibly know is the world as I perceive it at this moment. The only reality you can possibly know is the world as you see it at this moment. And the only certainty is that those perceived realities are different. There are as many “real worlds” as there are people!

Carl Rogers