Carl Rogers is What I Would Call Retro-Humanist Cool

I’ve always admired Carl Rogers’s orientation toward the world (emphasizing existential authenticity and choice, transparency, imaginative sympathy, and meaning). In the 1960s, he used to have public debates with B. F. Skinner about whether people’s inner states were really all that important to the study of psychology (Rogers said yes; Skinner no).

Carl Rogers has been dead for 25 years now (he died in February of 1987), but he’s worth learning about if you’ve never heard of him. It’s rumored he was quite the dynamo in the sack.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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