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Interdisciplinary Handbook of the Person-Centered Approach

Research and Theory

  • Jeffrey H. D. Cornelius-White
  • Renate Motschnig-Pitrik
  • Michael Lux

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introductory Chapters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Renate Motschnig-Pitrik, Michael Lux, Jeffrey H. D. Cornelius-White
      Pages 3-7
    3. Michael Lux, Renate Motschnig-Pitrik, Jeffrey Cornelius-White
      Pages 9-21
    4. Jeffrey H. D. Cornelius-White, Renate Motschnig-Pitrik, Michael Lux
      Pages 23-34
  3. Cognitive and Neuro-Science

  4. Mindfulness

  5. Developmental Relating

  6. Positive Psychology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211

About this book


The legacy of Carl Rogers endures in humanistic approaches to psychology, education, human development, communication, and spirituality. His Person-Centered Approach (PCA) promotes the evolution of the human organism and relationships, which lends itself to rewarding partnerships with a variety of scientific and philosophical theories.

The Interdisciplinary Handbook of the Person-Centered Approach examines these connections for a deeper understanding of how—and why—this humanistic approach works in client-centered psychotherapy and beyond. Chapters link key constructs of the PCA to research and theory in a variety of fields to bring new significance to self-determination, interpersonal relationships, human attachment, social neuroscience and other related fields. Taken together, this research and theory unites the sciences and the humanities, and the objective with the subjective, to arrive at a clearer picture of the complete, authentic person. A companion volume on applications will demonstrate these connections in practice across various fields for further insights into the utility of the approach. Interdisciplinary collaborations featured in the book link the PCA with: 

Cognitive and neuroscience

Mindfulness and meditation

Developmental relating

Positive psychology

Systems theory

Game theory, theory of science, and philosophy

Spirituality, religion, and ethics

The Interdisciplinary Handbook of the Person-Centered Approach: Research and Theory will benefit researchers  and practitioners who want to deepen their understanding and practice. Its usefulness to researchers and students crosses a variety of sciences, such as psychology, neuroscience, therapy, education, communication, and medicine. A unique feature of the book are concept maps that may inspire further interdisciplinary connections across many fields.


Applications in counseling Applications in medicine Applications in psychotherapy Carl P. Rogers Cognition-Oriented Disciplines Growth-Oriented Disciplines Meaning-Oriented Disciplines Person-Centered Approach Personality maturation Rogerian therapy Social and systems science Systemic-Oriented Disciplines artistic epistemologies democratic facilitation ecological harmony humanistic therapy the study of consciousness

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeffrey H. D. Cornelius-White
    • 1
  • Renate Motschnig-Pitrik
    • 2
  • Michael Lux
    • 3
  1. 1.Missouri State UniversitySpringfieldUSA
  2. 2., Computer Science Didactics and LearningUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  3. 3.Rehabilitationszentrum QuellenhofNeurologischesBad WildbadGermany

About the editors

Jeffrey H. D. Cornelius-White, Psy.D., LPC is Professor of Counseling at Missouri State University and doctoral faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is former editor of The Person-Centered Journal and former chair of the World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling. He has published more than 75 works, including Learner-Centered Instruction (Sage, 2010 with Adam Harbaugh), Facilitating Young People’s Development (PCCS, 2008 with Michael Behr), and Carl Rogers: The China Diary (PCCS, 2012). Jef studied at the Chicago Counseling Center and the Pre-Therapy Institute and is a graduate of Argosy University-Chicago. He enjoys cycling, volleyball, his friends and family.

Renate Motschnig-Pitrik, born in Ostrava, Czech Republic, is a professor of computer science and head of the Computer Science Didactics and Learning Research Center at the University of Vienna, Austria. Renate held positions at the RWTH Aachen in Germany, the University of Toronto, Canada, and teaches and cooperates with the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. She participated in encounter groups and several events based on the Person-Centered Approach. She is deeply interested in the multiple ways in which mutual understanding and whole-person learning happen. She is an author/co-author of more than 130 scientific articles, one book, and is determined to foster a style in education that is based on person-centered attitudes, our co-actualizing potential, and thoughtful support by web-based technology. She appreciates synergies between presence and distance, and a multitude of (scientific) disciplines and cultures.

Michael Lux, born in Stuttgart, Germany, has Master degrees in psychology and gerontology. He is a certified person-centered psychotherapist and works as a psychotherapist and neuropsychologist in the Neurological Rehabilitation Center Quellenhof in Bad Wildbad, Germany. Over the past few years, he has been intensively engaged with linkages between the Person-Centered Approach (PCA) and neuroscience. As a result he developed the model of a neuroscientifically based person-centered psychotherapy, which he described in a book and in scientific articles. Furthermore, he gives lectures and workshops on the neuroscientific bases of the PCA at conferences and training institutes.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Interdisciplinary Handbook of the Person-Centered Approach
  • Book Subtitle Research and Theory
  • Editors Jeffrey H. D. Cornelius-White
    Renate Motschnig-Pitrik
    Michael Lux
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4614-7140-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4899-9185-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-7141-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 405
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Clinical Psychology
    Psychotherapy and Counseling
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