I do believe that Mr. Rogers and his show influenced me to become a clinical psychologist. I knew of no psychologists or other mental health professionals while growing up. My mother, however, was an elementary school teacher and thought highly of public television in general and Mr. Rogers in particular. I believe that Mr. Rogers taught me that men can be thoughtful, sensitive, and open in discussing their feelings, and can see all of life as special. On reflection, I now see him as both an ethical and spiritual model.
Plante, T. G. (2003). “Won’t you be my neighbor?” Mr. Rogers as an ethical model. Clio's Psyche: Understanding the 'Why' of Culture, Current Events, History, and Society, 10, 23.