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The curious paradox


End-of-summer organismic Garden State goodness / New Jersey / Sept. 2007

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

    ~ psychologist Carl Rogers

Dr. C. George Boeree writes that Rogers believed we need the following qualities to become fully functioning human beings:

  • Openness to experience (this is the opposite of defensiveness).
  • Existential living (living in the here-and-now).
  • Organismic trusting (allowing ourselves to be guided by the organismic valuing process; i.e., trust ourselves, do what feels right, what comes naturally).
  • Experiential freedom (make our own choices when choices are available to us and take responsibility for those choices)
  • Creativity (if you feel free and responsible, you will act accordingly, and participate in the world).


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