Carl Rogers was known for the importance of alliance or relationship in therapy. Genuineness and authenticity of the therapist have been noted to be particularly desired by clients and important for positive outcome. Most people prefer to interact with others who might be characterized as genuine/ the real deal. A multitude of research studies have noted the importance of alliance in therapy of which the therapist’s authenticity is a necessary ingredient.
Therapy is not always comfortable as it is not easy to face one’s own short-comings or make changes in one’s life. The purification process for gold or silver requires quite a bit of energy and heat – not comfortable, but results are preferable to the unpurified ore. A focus on having a pure heart (character and good intentions vs. deceptive and selfish) is a worthy goal. Ps 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast (right) spirit within me.
This beatitude contains the promise of seeing God. For those with a Biblical worldview, being in the presence of God is longed for. Ps 24:3-6 Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob.
Happiness and contentment come to those who are willing to live by character.