Person-centered personality theory: Support from self-determination theory and positive psychology

Tom Patterson, Stephen Joseph

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The present article examines the person-centered personality theory of Carl Rogers in light of recent developments in theory and research within the emergent discipline of positive psychology. In particular, the theoretical observations and research findings from selfdetermination theory are reviewed. It is argued that at the metatheoretical level, person-centered theory and self-determination theory provide similar perspectives, and thus the empirical evidence testing aspects of self-determination theory is equally supportive of the account of personality development, psychological functioning, and the process of therapeutic growth, as hypothesized within person-centered theory. This is an observation that will be of theoretical interest and practical relevance to those who specialize in person-centered therapies. These observations on person-centered metatheoretical assumptions also promise to be of interest to positive psychologists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-139
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Humanistic Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • Person-centered theory
  • Positive psychology
  • Self-determination theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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