What is Free Will According to Carl Rogers?

Gloria Hamilton 21/07/10 7:34 AM

Carl Rogers (January 8, 1902 – February 4, 1987) is the most influential psychologist in American history. Rogers is widely considered to be one of the founding fathers of psychotherapy research and was honored for his pioneering research with the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions by the American Psychological Association in 1956.

His major works are in the fields of education, counseling, peace, conflict resolution, and psychotherapy. He is among the founders of humanistic approach to psychology and has greatly influenced and inspired the world through his compassionate personality, and his meticulous research. He has written sixteen books and has more than two hundred expert articles under his name.

Now to write a term paper on “what is free will according to Carl Rogers?” you can begin by conducting major research on various theories of free will of prominent philosophers and psychologists. The first paragraph is the introduction and should briefly state the bio-data and achievements of Carl Rogers. This should then lead onto the debate of free will according to Carl Rogers, outlining the major points and the overall theme of your term paper.

Then comes the main plot of your term paper. You will start of by briefly describing Carl Rogers’s major areas of work, touching his work on ‘the 19 proposition under the Self Theory’, development of the Personality, The fully functioning person, Incongruity, and Psychopathology. This would then lead to the discussion on different perspectives of free will according to Carl Rogers. Since he is the founder of humanistic approach to psychology, you can give a detailed account of this new approach, in light of the concept of free will. This is the main paragraph and holds the most importance as this is where you will put your argument in detail and explain the person-centered approach used by Carl Rogers.

In addition, you can give examples to illustrate Rogers’s perspective of free will. This could be used to enhance the already given examples and experimentation by Roger, such as in one experiment with the hypnosis a man was lead into a deep trance and given a simple post-hypnotic suggestion. And despite having the choice later on, the man was determined to complete the post-hypnotic task. Finally, you can add in an analysis of the debate between the Roger’s two questions: does the experience of freedom, in fact, exist? Or does the feeling of freedom mask an illusion?

To conclude your term paper, you can give a summary and highlight the main points of the theory of free will according Carl Rogers. You can also add in the critique of profound writers on Rogers’s work and either support it or reject it.

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