Important among the reasons which many counselors have given for being counselors has been that the profession enables them to develop themselves (Carkhuff and Berenson, 1967). The idealized outcome of this development has been variously termed inner congruity, integration, self-actualization or simply the realization of a basic potentiality. Regardless of theoretical persuasions, counselors, in moments or candid self-revelation, have admitted that for them the act of engaging in counseling relationships hes contributed to personal growth more rewarding than monetary gain and self-satisfaction. This amounts to an untested truism which could be considered fundamental to the philosophical set of many who are in the helping professions: in the process of helping another the helper is helped. The extension of the truism is that therapy enhances the self-concept of the therapist.
Kelly, Hal J., "The Effect of the Helping Experience Upon the Self-Concept of the Helper" (1973). Thesis, Dissertations, Student Creative Activity, and Scholarship. 4.
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