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We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.
Growth occurs when individuals confront problems, struggle to master them, and through that struggle develop new aspects of their skills, capacities, views about life.
As no one else can know how we perceive, we are the best experts on ourselves.
A person cannot teach another person directly; a person can only facilitate another's learning
The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.
The only person who cannot be helped is that person who blames others.
People only seriously consider change when they feel accepted for exactly who they are.
What you are to be, you are now becoming.
When I look at the world I'm pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic.
What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly.
It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried.
Each person is an island unto himself, in a very real sense; and he can only build bridges to other islands if he is first of all willing to be himself and permitted to be himself.
The degree to which I can create relationships, which facilitate the growth of others as separate persons, is a measure of the growth I have achieved in myself.
Man's inability to communicate is a result of his failure to listen effectively.
I am increasingly an architect of self. I am free to will and choose. I can, through accepting my individuality... become more of my uniqueness, more of my potentiality.
Powerful is our need to be known, really known by ourselves and others, even if only for a moment.
Life, at its best, is a flowing, changing process in which nothing is fixed.
It is astonishing how elements that seem insoluble become soluble when someone listens, how confusions that seem irremediable turn into relatively clear flowing streams when one is heard.
Life is about Being & Becoming.
Neurotic behavior is quite predictable. Healthy behavior is unpredictable.
The purpose of adult education is to help them to learn, not to teach them all you know and thus stop them from learning.
what is most personal is most universal
We cannot change, we cannot move away from what we are, until we thoroughly accept what we are. Then change seems to come about almost unnoticed.
Loneliness is a barrier that prevents one from uniting with the inner self.
It is astonishing how elements that seem insoluble become soluble when someone listens.
No other person's ideas, and none of my own ideas, are as authoritative as my experience.
The organism has one basic tendency and striving - to actualize, maintain, and enhance the experiencing organism
To be original, or different, is felt to be "dangerous."
It's an awful risky thing to live
Openness to all attitudes no matter how extreme or unrealistic they may seem.
There are as many "real worlds" as there are people!
Learning of all kinds goes on best, lasts best, and tends to lead itself on more when it grows out of a real focus of interest in the learner.
The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.
Am I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me, and which truly expresses me?
Adults who think that children must be manipulated for their own good have developed the attitude of a controlling parent who lacks faith in himself, the child, or humanity or himself.
Experience is, for me, the highest authority.
In a person who is open to experience each stimulus is freely relayed through the nervous system, without being distorted by any process of defensiveness.
I was forced to stretch my thinking, to realize that sincere and honest people could believe in very divergent religious doctrines.
There is in every organism, at whatever level, an underlying flow of movement toward constructive fulfillment of its inherent possibilities.
The paradigm of Western culture is that the essence of persons is dangerous; thus, they must be taught, guided, and controlled by those with superior authority.
The facts are always friendly, every bit of evidence one can acquire, in any area, leads one that much closer to what is true.
there is direction but there is no destination
Both the young and the old are almost completely useless in our modern society, and are made keenly aware of that uselessness. They have no place. They are private, isolated - and hopeless.
Unless man can make new and original adaptations to his environment as rapidly as his science can change the environment, our culture will perish.
The basic idea behind teaching is to teach people what they need to know.
Don't be the ammunition wagon, be the rifle... knowledge exists primarily for use.
Don't be a damned ammunition wagon. Be a rifle!
I believe that the testing of the student's achievements in order to see if he meets some criterion held by the teacher, is directly contrary to the implications of therapy for significant learning.
I prize the privilege of being alone.
With the price of life these days, you've got to get everything for free you can.