Related but not replaceable: a response to Warner’s reworking of person-centered personality theory

Hook, Louis and Murphy, David (2016) Related but not replaceable: a response to Warner’s reworking of person-centered personality theory. Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, 15 (4). pp. 285-299. ISSN 1752-9182

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Abstract

Whether conditions of worth theory can explain complex forms of human psychological distress, such as those emanating from early experiences of abuse, neglect and trauma, alongside experiences of physiological events later in life is open to debate. It has been suggested that Rogers’s personality theory should be reconsidered and replaced with an actualization-centered formulation that places greater emphasis on the enhancement of self-process and agency through relationship, rather than on a theory of defense. This paper aims to examine these proposals and consider their relative contribution to developing the theory of personality. We suggest that the actualization-centered process theory aids Rogers’s theory of personality but is not an adequate replacement. We also consider the issues associated with maintaining theoretical and practical symmetry and the practice implications of replacing conditions of worth.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14779757.2016.1219674
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 08:23
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2017 20:58
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/37710

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