Carl Rogers Personality Theory has most influenced my understandings of personalities, behaviors of people in society and the workplace, as well as, how it influences my role in society and workplace along with my interactions with others. Since the study of personality began, personality theories have offered a wide variety of explanations for behavior and what constitutes the person. Carl Rogers is truly the central figure in the humanistic orientation. Rogers theory of personality development is based upon nineteen propositions but the central focus is on the concept of ‘self’. In Rogers' view, the self is the central ingredient in human personality and personal adjustment.
Carl Rogers in his theory of personality explains that human behavior is exquisitely rational (Rogers, 1961). Rogers went on to theorize that the core of nature in man is essentially positive and he is a trustworthy organism. On the other hand, there is the belief that personality traits can be heavily influenced by culture (Triandis, 2002).
Personality traits are developed early on, but can change as a person matures. While culture and environment serve to heavily influence these traits from the very beginning of one’s life, life style and experiences continue to do so even when adulthood is reached. The differences lie in the ability to make choices. Whereas children often have no control of their environment, adults are able to alter what is around them at any given time. They may choose to remove themselves from unpleasant situations while migrating over to those that are more gratifying. These shifts may result from specific experiences or as a form of personal growth. Whatever the reasons, a number of factors may be involved.
Life style is believed to be a major influence on personality, though it can be argued that personality strongly affects life style choices. Life style is also strongly affected by life experiences, and can be allowed to dictate...