CarlRogers is one of the key figures that made a significant influence inhumanistic psychology. Although Rogerion theory has gained popularityand increased application across the globe, it has received somecritics that suggest its limitation in the real world. First,Rogerion theory, which resulted in the development of theclient-centered therapy, is based on the notion that therapistsshould allow their clients to perform a self evaluation or selfactualization (Frager & Fadiman, 2013). This is in turn based onthe idea that people know much about themselves and they can provideuseful information that can lead to a solution to their personalproblems. This idea is limited in that it cannot be applied to peoplewho do not like talking about themselves. In addition, the theory maynot work well with clients whose perception of reality has beendistorted by mental illness.
Secondly,a claim that the Rogerion theory can find applications in allproblems has attracted some criticisms. The theory can only beapplied to a limited range of patients, particularly those sufferingfrom milder illnesses (Simone, 2014). In addition, Rogerion theorysupports non-directive therapeutic approach. This can discourageclients who visit therapists expecting advice that is practical totheir problems.
Third,Rogerion theory has been considered to be a sterile approach in whichthe therapist is expected to echo all that the client says. Roger wasvery optimistic that the client understands themselves and is willingto share much about their experiences (Frager & Fadiman, 2013).This formed the basis of the idea that therapists should paraphrasethe clients’ thought to ensure that comprehension will take place.The effectiveness of this approach is only dependent on whether theclients are willing to explore themselves in an honest way, challengethemselves, and open up for change to take place. In conclusion,Rogerion theory can be effective, but its application is limited bythe optimism that clients are willing to explore themselves, therange of problems it can be used to address, and the capacity ofclients to perform self actualization.
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Simone,L. (2014). Carl Rogers: Critics. E-notes.Retrieved September 23, 2014, fromhttp://www.enotes.com/topics/carl-rogers