HOW CARL ROGERS HUMANISTIC THEORY HAS HELPED ME IN KNOWING MY ‘SELF’ AND APPLYING THIS UNDERSTANDING TO MY PRACTICE AS A SOCIAL CARE WORKER.
The concept of self has a general psychological, social and personal undertone. Right from childhood a child begins to recognise the innate physical characteristics and abilities, the belief in ones own values and personality traits and uses such understanding in organising information about themselves thereby understand the relation with their social world (Rogers, 1947). Nevertheless, Rogers & Dymond, (1954) believes that as they grow, they can have different views about themselves.
Having said this, this paper shall attempt to provide the synchronized interaction between the concept of self and the social care practice environment. The first, the shall discuss other theoretical compendium as regards to the subject matter before examining the contributions of the Humanistic school of thought which epitomises the self concept as an aetiology of behaviour displayed by an individual on a personal ground. The author shall then discuss on how such tenets can be intertwined in my daily practice as a social care worker.
Rogers (1961) & Purkey (1988) defined self concept as a totality of a complex, organized, and dynamic system of learned beliefs, attitudes and opinions that each person holds to be true about his or her personal existence, Bandura, A. (1997) views self as a strict and consistent characteristics based on physical, moral, personal, family, and social situation dimensions.
The importance of the concept of self has evolved through the years with various contributions with major academicians, psychologists, and philosophers. For instance the famous author of Principles of Philosophy, Rene Descartes had suggested while reflecting on the non-physical inner self in 1644 that doubt was a major tool of disciplined Inquiry and as such submitted that if he doubted, he was thinking, meaning that he truly exists,...