The Actualising Tendency

Carl Rogers, who developed Person Centred counselling theory, believed that everyone has a drive to develop themselves and achieve their full potential. He called this the ‘Actualising Tendency’. This innate drive can push individuals to achieve but it can also cause distress if they do not feel they are fulfilling their potential.

However, if the individual is able to ‘self actualise’ they can become a ‘fully functioning person’.

Person-centred counselling can help this process of self actualisation by the therapist providing the Core Conditions to the client and fostering the therapeutic relationship. These Core Conditions are: empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence.