This week we were looking at the Humanistic and Existential Perspectives: The Person-Centred Approach to counselling. In a nutshell, both perspectives are trying to enable individuals to reach their fullest potential. While the Humanistic theory suggests that human beings are constantly striving to become the best version of themselves that they can possibly be; the Existential theory says that human beings are searching for the meaning of life. Both theories recognise that a person’s experience of the world is their own source of truth.
This week we focussed on one particular aspect of these approaches, namely that of “conditions of worth”. Carl Rogers (the “father” of the person-centred approach) said in 1959 that “When significant others in the person’s world (usually parents) provide positive regard that is conditional, rather than unconditional, the person introjects the desired values, making them his/her own, and acquires “conditions of worth””.
We spent some time during the session exploring our own “conditions of worth”, which was a somewhat enlightening exercise 🙂 .
In terms of using the Person-Centred approach, we are taught how to be truly attentive, to truly listen to that person; to try to really understand their perspective, and get a sense of their understanding of the world. When this is done effectively, with genuineness and unconditional positive regard, the Speaker will then feel valued.
So, with both these aspects in mind, I’m choosing to represent this week’s learning with a recognised symbol of value – a diamond!
Firstly, the pattern for the diamond:
In the original pattern, there is an increase block at either edge of the shawl, and also on either side of both markers. So, on the penultimate row of this block I knitted the following to create the increase section:
K to 4st before end. Turn; P to end. *K to 4 st before gap. Turn; P to end.* Rep from * to * until only 4 stitches remain. Knit across the row, closing the gaps as you go.