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FEITOSA, Ellen Araújo Lima; BRANCO, Paulo Coelho Castelo  and  VIEIRA, Emanuel Meireles. Notes on the visit of Carl Rogers to Brazil: a silent revolution. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.17, n.2, pp. 777-795. ISSN 1808-4281.

We aimed to analyze the coming of Carl Rogers to Brazil based on three stages: before, during and after his first visit in 1977. Initially, we noticed that the Rogerian idea of politics as the center of his political thought. Then we analyzed the letters that preceded and organized this coming; the proposal of a psychological-ideological intervention that Rogers stated in an interview with Veja magazine; the effects of this visit, according to Rogers reports published later in his works. Democratic ideas of Rogers served as justification for his appearing during Brazilian military dictatorship. However, some Brazilian psychologists assimilated them with caveats with critical contributions based, especially, in Marxist and Freirean ideals. From this movement, emerged other perspectives of PCA and some influences in the development of Community Psychology. We conclude that Rogers inspired several local Psychologies immersed in many critical assumptions about the place of political ideas, which can be co-opted and reconfigured, uncritically, from a capitalist perspective toward the democratization of Brazil.

Keywords : Carl Rogers; History of Psychology; Politics.

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