Carl Rogers was a clinical psychologist who believed in the concepts of congruence, empathic understanding, acceptance, and unconditioned positive regard when working with clients.  

Rogers claimed that a self-actualized, fully functioning person had seven key traits:

  1. Openness to experience and an abandonment of defensiveness. 
  2. An existential lifestyle that emphasizes living in the moment without distorting it. 
  3. Trust in oneself.
  4. The ability to freely make choices. Fully functioning people take responsibility for their own choices and are highly self-directed. 
  5. A life of creativity and adaptation, including an abandonment of conformity. 
  6. The ability to behave reliably and make constructive choices. 
  7. A full, rich life that involves the full spectrum of human emotions. 

More on Dr. Carl Rogers:

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Michael Hawkins

Michael Hawkins, MA, LPC is a licensed professional counselor at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH). With almost 25 years of experience as a counselor, he works with clinicians, students, staff, and clients—compassionately attending to the human needs that arise in the practice of veterinary medicine. Counselor’s Corner is a blog devoted to that purpose. BACK TO BLOG