What does Carl Rogers mean by "organism?"  I know he is referring to people, but I don't understand why.  How does the person centered approach of therapy work?

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In biology and ecology, and organism is a living complex system of organs that influence each other in a way that they function as a stable whole. Carl Rogers had a background in agriculture so it was normal for him to relate to things in agricultural terms.  “Rogers promoted a...

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In biology and ecology, and organism is a living complex system of organs that influence each other in a way that they function as a stable whole. Carl Rogers had a background in agriculture so it was normal for him to relate to things in agricultural terms.  “Rogers promoted a more person-to-person approach to the traditional therapist-patient relationship, and emphasized the responsibility and intention in human behavior. Rogers believed that people are naturally good and the bad is abnormal.  He was concerned with opening up to, and theorizing from experience, the concept of the human organism as a whole and the belief in the possibilities of human existence. Rogers was able to join these with therapeutic insights and the belief, borne out of his practice experience that the client usually knows better to how to proceed within the therapy than the therapist.” This is the concept of the person centered approach instead of the clinical approach used by other psychologists of his era.

 

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