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September 28, 1946

Personality Factors in Counseling

JAMA. 1946;132(4):248. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870390064028

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The average physician has little need to know and hence cares little about the various technics which have been developed for personnel counseling in colleges and in industry. One of the most useful of these technics is an outgrowth of work which was done in the Hawthorne Plant of Western Electric and also at Ohio State University by Dr. Carl Rogers. This interviewing method is known as the nondirective technic, and the interviewer or counselor does little when using it but stimulate the person who wishes aid to discuss his problems in his own way until he understands something about himself and perhaps comes to some conclusion about solving his problems. The technic has proved to be useful with nonpsychiatric cases, particularly when plenty of time can be devoted to them, and has already shown itself to have a place in the psychotherapeutic armamentarium. The present volume deals with a

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