To Lead an Honorable Life: Invitations to think about client-centered therapy and the person-centered approach
ISBN 978 1 898059 46 2 (2003)
This long-awaited collection of the work of John Shlien is exactly what the subtitle says: 'an invitation to think about client-centered therapy and the person-centered approach'. It features John's best-known work alongside some lesser-know papers and a handful of hitherto unpublished essays. John Shlien was one of the most influential of Carl Rogers' students and associates, as a writer, researcher and academic. With a witty, provocative style as a writer and speaker, John was an insightful commentator and creative theorist, able to provoke vigorous debate wherever he went. This collection gives the reader a chance to sample the breadth of his ideas.
If you don’t read any other book this year, read this one. I insist. It will invigorate you if you have any heart (which you do). Tony Merry
Section 1: Psychological Health
•To Feel Alive:A thought on motivation;
•A Criterion of Psychological Health;
•Creativity and Psychological Health;
•A Client-Centered Approach to Schizophrenia: First approximation;
•Secrets and the Psychology of Secrecy;
•Macht Therapie Glucklich? Can Therapy Make You Happy?
Section 2: A Literalist Approach
•The Literal-Intuitive Axis: And other thoughts;
•A Countertheory of Transference;
•Embarrassment Anxiety: A literalist theory.
Section 3: Applications: Theory, Research and Life
•Basic Concepts in Group Psychotherapy: A Client-Centered point of view;
•Empathy in Psychotherapy: Vital Mechanism? Yes. Therapist's Conceit? All Too Often. By Iself Enough? No;
•The Robert W. White School.
Section 4: The Position of Client-Centered Therapy
•Theory as Autobiography: The Man and the Movement;
•Untitled and Uneasy.
I am so glad that Pete Sanders has taken on the task of editing this volume of John Shlien’s writings, because it will make these gems more accessible to future generations of students and scholars. Ronald F. Levant
This book is a magnificent editorial feat that reflects the honorable life of John M. Shlien by including most of his major papers. The book is a complex offering that reveals the complexity of the man. This is illustrated by the sometimes bold and sometimes subtle messages that lie within John’s writings. Jerold Bozarth, PCEP, (3), 3, p. 208. 2004.