RCD on thinkspot.com. "This strongly reminded me of the Rogerian approach".
RCD is participating in the beta release of thinkspot.com, a social media platform created by Dr. Jordan Peterson. Recently, in a forum on Dr. Peterson's page, one of the members commented that RCD reminded them of the Rogerian approach. What a complement!
Here is the comment and my reply:
****** Hey Seth, This strongly reminded me of the Rogerian approach (see learning.hccs.edu for an essay of his). The core is this phrase on the second sheet, at the page break (page 3 to 4): "Each person can speak up for himself only after he has first restated the ideas and feelings of the previous speaker accurately, and to that speaker’s satisfaction." Yesterday at 07:18PM
Seth: *******, thanks for your comment!! What an honor that RCD reminded you of Carl Rogers. I have an MS in Counseling psychology and I have no doubt RCD was influenced by Rogers. And thank you for the article link. Very relevant and helpful.
In paragraph 6&7: "It means to see the expressed idea and attitude from the other person’s point of view, to sense how it feels to him, to achieve his frame of reference in regard to the thing he is talking about. Stated so briefly, this may sound absurdly simple, but it is not. It is an approach which we have found extremely potent in the field of psychotherapy. It is the most effective agent we know for altering the basic personality structure of an individual, and improving his relationships and his communications with others." YES! This is the engine that drives RCD.
Then paragraph 9: "Can you imagine what this kind of an approach would mean if it were projected into larger areas?" This is where my grandiose thinking really kicks in... e.g. "building the Gnosome". Regarding the "obstacles" Rogers identifies:
1) Courage RCD is voluntary so, presumably, participants must have already addressed whatever courage is needed prior to signing on to the process at all. RCD is not mediation, debate or therapy. I am open to exploring it's efficacy in these realms but it is not the initial intent.
2) "It is just when emotions are strongest that it is most difficult to achieve the frame of reference of the other person or group." ..."our experience makes it clear that a neutral, understanding, catalyst type of leader or therapist can overcome this obstacle in a small group." This is addressed in the person of the Director in RCD.
3) "What about trying to achieve understanding between larger groups that are geographically remote?" RCD is not envisioned, at this time, for groups. However, the data set (Gnosome) created from prior RCD sessions, will be accessible for review and statistical analyses. This will have enormous value in group decision making. It also could influence real time group dynamics. For example, I hope to run RCD sessions that are live streamed from group events or demonstrations. Participants from both sides of the conflict would sign up for RCD session time slots taking place on-site in mobile units. The sessions would be available to view live via an RCD app. As the event progresses, results will be posted providing the crowds with an objective, real time measure of their own collective understanding or Gnosome at the time of the event itself.
Regarding the closing: "It may be a generation or more before the money and the brains will be turned loose to exploit that finding." Well, I don't have any money (or brains), but it has been about a generation. We also now have technology available to assist greatly. Also, although it is not the impetus for the project, I believe that RCD will be monetizable and the work will be self-sustaining. We just have to take the greatest of care that the integrity and reliability of the RCD process and the Gnosome are impeccable. Thanks again *******, I really appreciate getting connected with Rogers' essay. I am not an academic. This reference helps me to describe RCD in a reputable context. If you would like to continue the discussion, I would love to know if you think you would find RCD interesting enough to follow or even participate in a session. Please be candid. Also - what might be a question you would like to see addressed in an RCD session and who you would like to see as the participants.
Best regards, Seth W-T