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balance theory

 proposedby Heider (1946), whereby individuals are motivated toseek balance in their attitudes towards themselves and other people. “Sentiment” orliking relations may be balanced or unbalanced according to the overall valence of affectbetween people.

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June 14th 2021

Rogers (1902-1987)

 was one ofthe original founders of the humanistic perspective. His theories encompassedthe importance of unconditional and conditional positive regard in development of the 'selfconcept' and 'conditions of worth' set by others. His work has been applied to a rangeof domains, particularly in therapy through his development of'client-centred'(now class="d-title" named 'person-centred'therapy.