A Closer Look a Carl Rogers

A closer look at Carl Rogers
Paul E Warfield JR.
Instructor: Zummuma Davis
PSY 330: Theories of personality
Nov 8, 2010

Carl Rogers was born, Carl Ranson Rogers on Jan 8, 1902 in Oak Park Illinois (a Chicago suburb). Carl was the fourth of six children (Hergenhahn & Olson, 2007).   Due to the fact that Roger’s father was a very successful civil engineer and contractor, there were no financial problems in the early part of Roger’s life.   Roger often described himself as the middle child in a large close knit family (Hergenhahn & Olson, 2007). Roger’s defined his parents as being cold disciplinarians (Britchnell 1999). Roger’s parents discouraged the development of friendships outside their family members. Since Roger’s was not allowed to develop a lot of childhood friendships, he spent a large amount of time by himself.   He spent the majority of the time he had alone reading just about any and everything that he could get his hands on, including dictionaries and encyclopedias (Hergenhahn & Olson, 2007).
When Roger’s was twelve years old, he and his family moved approximately thirty miles away from Chicago. Although his family moved to a farm, they still managed to maintain their upper middle class lifestyle. The house on the farm that Roger’s and his family moved to had a slate roof, tile floors, eight bedrooms, five baths, and a clay tennis court behind the house (Hergenhahn & Olson, 2007).   Roger’s continued to live a life of solitude throughout high school, during which time he only had two dates.   Roger’s main interests in high school were English and science (Hergenhahn & Olson, 2007).  
Roger’s enrolled to the University of Wisconsin in 1919. In Roger’s early years at college, he was very active in church work (Hergenhahn & Olson, 2007).   He received his BA degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1924. Shortly after graduating college, Rogers married his childhood sweetheart, Helen Elliot and later they had a son and a...