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Carl Rogers: The Essence of Madness

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

Carl Rogers

Carl Rogers

Abraham Maslow Said . . .

The mental health industry is booming, mostly because it creates its own customers by selling the public on the doctrine of ‘therapism.' Anguished Americans must have an army of therapists, self-esteem gurus, grief counselors, sensitivity trainers, and trauma experts to make it through life. As the famous American psychologist Abraham Maslow said, "The world will be saved by psychologists, or it won't be saved at all."

Maslow wanted psychology to replace Christianity. Human beings would be peaceful, happy, and fulfilled as soon as people were accepted and esteemed by themselves and by others—just as they are. Maslow did not believe evil existed but "sick people are made by a sick culture."

Although he is revered in the mental health community, Maslow's own studies proved his theories to be completely wrong. His idea that unhappiness was caused by “not being yourself” or “not finding yourself” is false. Sin causes human unhappiness, as does making poor decisions, as does not practicing delayed gratification.

One of Maslow’s disciples was Abbie Hoffman, famous Sixties revolutionary, hater of America, despiser of free enterprise, clown, psychopath, drug abuser and drug dealer. But Hoffman did not find solace, his life ending in suicide.


Carl Rogers: How Do You Feel About That?

Later in his life, the humanist psychologist Carl Rogers came to believe that the mind is much more than the brain. While he still rejected Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible, Rogers had a change of heart about the existence of the non-material world after he and his wife began consulting mediums in the 1970s.

Rogers was the grandfather of the self-esteem movement, the defining question of which is, “How do you feel about that?”

Rogers taught parents and teachers to approve of children unconditionally; to praise them no matter what they do. He wrote, "The spontaneous feelings of a child, his real attitudes, have so often been disapproved of by parents and others that he has come to feel that the self he really is constitutes a person no one could love."

Schools should not be for learning about subjects, Rogers taught, but "personal growth centers," just a big group therapy session all year long, in which no behavior would be judged.

In the late 1970’s, Rogers and his wife began to consult spiritualist mediums and have demonic mystical experiences. Rogers wrote: “Helen had been a great skeptic about psychic phenomena and immortality. Yet, upon invitation, she and I visited a thoroughly honest medium that would take no money. There, Helen experienced, and I observed, a ‘contact’ with her deceased sister, involving facts that the medium could not possibly have known. The messages were extraordinarily accurate. It was incredible, and certainly a non-fraudulent experience."

After his wife’s death, Rogers went to the spiritualist medium again and came away convinced about spiritualism, occult phenomena and reincarnation: “We were very soon in contact with Helen, who answered many questions. I now consider it possible that each of us is a continuing spiritual essence lasting over time, and occasionally incarnated in a human body. I am open to even more mysterious phenomena – human auras, Kirlian photography, even out-of-the-body experiences. Paranormal phenomena such as telepathy, precognition, and clairvoyance have been sufficiently tested that they have received scientific acceptance.”

Rogers wanted to create new people who would "trust in their own experience and possess a profound distrust of external authority. They make their own moral judgments. They are nonmoralistic and nonjudgmental—never judging the behavior of others as evil or wrong.”

The foolish implications of this philosophy are that we should not say that mass murderers, serial killers, rapists, molesters and so on have done anything wrong.

Rogers’ “Persons of Tomorrow,” as he called them, are everywhere today. These lawless, immoral, self-righteous do-gooders are producing massive social decline and chaos throughout the whole Western world.

He also taught that adultery was an enriching experience, to justify his own sexual affair while his wife was dying of cancer. According to him, we should not refer to such relationships with "negative" terms like "extramarital affairs" or "adultery” or "immorality" because such notions are "old-fashioned and ridiculous."

In fact, it was Carl Rogers who helped normalize and somewhat popularize adultery and wife-swapping. That resulted in multitudes of divorces, hurt spouses, and emotionally scarred children. Rogers here was partly attacking the belief that people should follow the absolute moral standards and ethical teachings of the Bible. In recent decades, many psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors have spread Rogers’ foolish advice.

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Carl Rogers: Humanist Psychologist

“But who defines ‘mental health’?” asked Carl Rogers. He argued that because the Menninger Clinic, the Center for Studies of the Person, and the Soviet Union, each define mental health differently, there is no such thing as a true definition of mental health.

Rogers' approach here quickly deteriorates into an entirely relativistic, existentialist, foolish charade in which the counselors continually smile like Cheshire cats and continuously nod while their clients describe all their wrong attitudes, wicked behaviors, and perversions, without the counselors ever once committing the “unpardonable sin” of telling their clients that some of their actions are wrong and need to change.

Rogers strongly opposed the Christian idea that all people are born with a sinful nature. He taught that antisocial behavior and crime is a result of people being socialized wrongly by parents, teachers, and others, and is contrary to their inherently good human nature.

In 1966, Rogers said, “I don’t have very much standing in psychology itself, and I couldn’t care less. But in education and industry and group dynamics and social work and the philosophy of science and pastoral psychology and theology and other fields, my ideas have penetrated and influenced in ways I would never have dreamt."


When Nonjudgmentalism Becomes the Highest Virtue

These ideas are so ingrained in our fellow Americans by government indoctrination centers (public schools) that a study of values by political science professor Alan Wolfe found that many people refuse to express moral judgments about even outrageous crimes. Instead, they will say, “Everybody makes mistakes.”

Even serial killer, cannibal, and sodomitic rapist Jeffrey Dahmer’s deeds elicited sympathy: “I felt sorry for him,” said some respondents. We have lost our will to criticize vicious, heinous behavior.

God has told us that we choose our actions and the choices we make shape our destinies. We are therefore right to praise people who do the right thing and blame people who do the wrong thing—especially if they do the right things or the wrong things habitually.

The whole mental health field is not comfortable with personal responsibility, believing the things we do are outside of our control due to genetic predispositions and the environment in which we grew up. That is the crux of the case for nonjudgmentalism.

The comic strip Non Sequitur shows a mental health facility: “1st Floor: Mother’s Fault. 2nd Floor: Father’s Fault. 3rd Floor: Society’s Fault.”

Nonjudgmentalism is not the essence of kindness; it is the essence of madness.


James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 29, 2021:

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez ~ Thank you very much for reading my article. We don't get many comments around these parts anymore. I am glad to receive yours, and well pleased that we are in agreeance, and that you found my piece "interesting and informative."

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on January 27, 2021:

This was interesting and informative. I'm very grateful to have read your article about madness and nonjudgmentalism. I agree with your statements about God.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 22, 2021:

Tamarajo ~ I certainly appreciate you taking the time to read my article on Carl Rogers. I am well pleased that you found it needful, relevant, and interesting. Thank you for saying so.

Tamarajo on January 22, 2021:

This is a relevant and needful presentation James.

Present day culture is saturated with this type of philosophy and it truly is maddening.

This is an interesting look at the background of this destructive philosophy.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 08, 2020:

Awdur ~ You are welcome. Hearing from you made my day. It had been awhile. Thank you for reading my work and for your ongoing encouragement. The Truth is my thing.

Awdur from Chicago on August 06, 2020:

Excellent article on an extremely misguided man.... it's too bad so many have taken his teachings to heart..... and so obvious that so many use them to create the problems we face today. Thank you for always standing up for the truth and standing strong.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 11, 2020:

Nell Rose! Thank you very much for stopping by to read my article. I always enjoy our little visits. Congratulations again on publishing your third book.

Nell Rose from England on July 11, 2020:

Fascinating to think he was an atheist and then went to a spiritualist and found the truth. I think many people who say they are atheists really believers. Interesting guy, and really fascinating read.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 05, 2020:

North Wind ~ I appreciate you taking the time to read my article. I am glad you found it interesting. I believe you are right on target to say,

"The judgment that Christ was referring to in the Gospel, I believe, is the one of passing sentence. That judgment that is the duty of a Judge. The only Judge truly qualified to pass a sentence on the guilty is Christ, for His sentence will always be just."

Perfectly put.

Thank you for sharing your deep biblical insights, especially, "Recognition of good and evil is necessary and the Bible says that those who call evil good and good evil are not of God."


North Wind from The World (for now) on July 03, 2020:

Very interesting article. I agree with you about judgment.

As Christians we must make certain judgments. The judgment that Christ was referring to in the Gospel, I believe, is the one of passing sentence.

That judgment that is the duty of a Judge. The only Judge truly qualified to pass a sentence on the guilty is Christ, for His sentence will always be just.

We must judge for judging is coming to a conclusion. The Lord Himself says that we will know them by their fruits.

How will we come to recognize those who are the Lord's if we do not judge the quality of the fruit in their lives? The answer is, we can't.

Recognition of good and evil is necessary and the Bible says that those who call evil good and good evil are not of God.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 03, 2020:

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez ~ Thank you so much for reading my article. I appreciate your gracious compliments. And I wholeheartedly agree with your comments. However, I would like to add some clarification by quoting a section of my first book, 'Jesus in the World: the First 600 Years.'

We are commanded to judge wicked deeds and doctrines. “Let the one without sin cast the first stone” means we are not to be vigilantes who go around killing adulterers—especially if we have committed the same sin ourselves. It does not mean we are to say adultery is good, or allow it to be said by others without rebuttal.

Jesus told the woman who was a habitual sinner, “Go! And Sin no more.” He never taught that we should keep on sinning and be proud of it. Christ believed in right and wrong and taught us the difference.

‘Do not judge’ is the Bible phrase most often quoted by those who do not believe in the Bible. God does disapprove of some kinds of judging but approves and actually commands others. We are not to pick on the faults of our brothers and sisters. But we are to correct those who spread lies about God, Jesus, or the Bible; those who misrepresent or deviously take Scripture (sacred writings) out of context; people who are proud of their sins; and especially people who call evil good.

‘Judge not’ applies mostly to people who denounce others publicly for doing the same things they do secretly—where they think no one sees. God sees. It never meant ‘Do not confront evil’ or ‘Do not denounce sin.’

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 02, 2020:

James W Siddall ~ You are most welcome. Thank you for taking the time to read my work. I am well pleased that you found it interesting.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 02, 2020:

Pamela Oglesby ~ Thank you for coming over to visit and check out my article about Carl Rogers. I am so glad you liked it and that we are in agreeance. Godspeed.


Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on July 01, 2020:

I really enjoyed reading your informative, well-written article. I agree with you, we all must have a moral compass, and the Christian moral compass is the one for me. However, I wouldn't equate nonjudgmentalism with an absence of values. The bible says, "don't judge or you will be judged". There is a place for nonjudgmentalism within the sphere of faith.

James W Siddall from Cleveland on July 01, 2020:

Interesting and thought provoking! Thank you.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 01, 2020:

My belief are sure not like those of carl Rogers. I can't imagine feeling sorry for Jeffrey Dahmer. This is a very well-writen, interesting article. I agree that we have to make judgments at times, James.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 01, 2020:

T ~ You are most welcome. Thank you for taking the time to read my little article about Carl Rogers.

T on June 30, 2020:

Thanks for the education, I was not familiar with these guys although I had no doubt what they would be about!

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