Medicine: Person to Person

Among variegated practitioners of talk-it-out treatment for emotional problems, Chicago's Psychologist Carl Ransom Rogers, 55, has long been a maverick. He calls his method "client-centered therapy," tries manfully to define it: "We see therapy as an experience, not in intellectual terms. We treat the client as a person, not as an object to be manipulated and directed." Snorts a Chicago psychoanalyst of neo-Freudian persuasion: "Rogers' method is unsystematic, undisciplined and humanistic. Rogers doesn't analyze and doesn't diagnose. We have no common ground." To Rogers that is fine.

Illinois-born Carl Rogers started at the University of Wisconsin as an agriculture major, finished with...

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