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PCT To A Green Wolrd

What is PCT? It’s an acronym for Person Centred Therapy. Carl Rogers developed this therapy in the 1940s and has a huge influence on psychotherapy and its related fields. How is PCT related to a green world? In Person Centred therapy, individuals have the strength to explore their options and choices. Individuals have a choice to use sustainable products and organisations have an option to produce biodegradable goods. However, organisations are busy with their goals and individuals are occupied with daily issues.

According to Bordin(1979), he specifically elaborated on the three essential elements, which is the agreement of goals, tasks, and bonds. In the workplace, managers can form a collaborative relationship with employees by agreeing on the goals, tasks and bonds. First, the employee must agree on the goals the manager sets. Both of them will need to have a common understanding of the goal in order to steer to the specific direction. Second, the task given by the manager will effectively lead to the goal that the manager has set. Last, for bonds, there is already a basic level of a bond or trust being built in a working relationship. When a manager pays attention to an employee’s inner experience, they will develop deeper bonds of trust and attachment. These three elements are not only confined to workplaces.

In PCT, it requires three core conditions to build healthy and warm therapeutic alliances. Roger (1980) shared about:

1. Congruence - When we are genuine towards others without a professional front, its likely that a relationship will grow constructively. 

2. Unconditional positive regard - When we accept others without conditions, they can express themselves freely without fear being judged. 

3. Empathy - Empathy is about listening and recognising the feelings and meanings that individuals are experiencing. Show empathy to others and they will develop a more caring attitude towards themselves and those around them. 

When personal emotional needs are met, our attention will turn to surrounding situations. We will start to notice that there are blue recycling bins in Singapore and separate rubbish before disposing them. We will also recognise there are eco-friendly shops and begin to reduce the use of plastics products.


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