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

  7. Systems Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. Godfrey Barrett-Lennard
      Pages 277-288
  8. Game Theory, Research Approaches, and Philosophy

  9. Spirituality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 367-367
    2. Francisco Silva Cavalcante Jr, André Feitosa de Sousa
      Pages 381-384
  10. Concluding Bridge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 385-385
    2. Renate Motschnig-Pitrik, Jeffrey Cornelius-White, Michael Lux
      Pages 387-389
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 391-405

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

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-7140-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-7141-7
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