008 Rogers

Subject:   EMAIL #3: Cohort 12.D:  Preparation: About Empathic Listening and Carl Rogers

Empathy Circle Facilitation Training 

Greetings  Training Participants

We are excited to start the Session 1 this Saturday.

Here are some assignments. 

1.  Mentimeter If you haven't done so yet, add your 3 most important values here:

2.  About Carl Rogers and Empathic Listening (Active Listening, Reflective Listening)

The work we do in this training, on developing our empathy,  empathic listening and facilitation skills, is based on the work of Carl Rogers.   The process is interchangeably called:  Empathic Listening, Active Listening or Reflective Listening . Carl developed the basic practice in the therapeutic  counseling setting  where he did deep listening with client. He is considered one of the top 3 most influential Clinical Psychologists of all time.  

We are taking the practice our of the therapy setting and  building on this basic practice and mindset and bringing it into group relationships and  communication.   To deepen your understanding of the foundation of this practice,  here are  some more resource to review for the training. 

A. Empathic: An Unappreciated Way of Being - by Carl Rogers
This is an excellent Paper and Video about the importance of Empathy. 
It would be very helpful to view it.

"It is my thesis in this paper that we should re-examine and re-evaluate that very special way of being with another person which has been called empathic. I believe we tend to give too little consideration to an element which is extremely important both for the understanding of personality dynamics and for effecting changes in personality and behavior. It is one of the most delicate and powerful ways we have of using ourselves. In spite of all that has been said and written on this topic, it is a way of being which is rarely seen in full bloom in a relationship.." 

B. Sample Carl Rogers Empathic Listening 

Here is a web page of Carl Rogers listening to people using empathic listening. You can see how the developer of the process did it.  

C. Carl Rogers Empathy Quotes
Here is a webpage with many insightful quotes about the nature and importance of empathy by Rogers.