The Therapeutic Value of Active Listening

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Carl Rogers (1902–1987) is one of the founders of the humanistic approach to psychology, otherwise known as a client-centred approach, which emphasises an individual’s intrinsic desire for self-actualisation — the process of fully realising and manifesting one’s latent capacities. He revolutionised psychotherapy in many ways. One way he did so was through the promulgation of active listening (also called empathic listening). Of course, listening from an empathetic point of view is nothing new. But Rogers sought to clarify it and bring this form of listening to the forefront of the therapeutic process.

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Originally published at on September 17, 2018.

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