Heart of Being Helpful

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Heart of Being Helpful

SKU# 9780826102744

Empathy and the Creation of a Healing Presence

Author: Peter R. Breggin MD


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Based on more than 30 years of clinical experience as a psychiatrist and a therapist, Dr. Breggin's book, now available in an affordable paperback, illustrates the importance of developing a therapeutic bond--or healing presence--between helping professionals and their clients. The author provides useful vignettes, case studies, and personal insights to help both beginning and experienced therapists develop more empathy in therapeutic relationships. He asserts that the first step toward effective treatment is empathic self-transformation in the therapist. It is empathy and self-transformation that lie at the heart of being helpful. Topics include vulnerability, nurturing, helplessness, forgiveness, and spirituality, as well as tips for working with clients in extreme emotional crises, children and families, and patients of culturally diverse backgrounds.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date April 28, 2006
  • Page Count 200
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826102744
  • EISBN 9780826196798

Table of Contents 

  1. Creation of Healing Presence

  2. Being in Someone Else's Presence

  3. Acceptance of Our Own Personal Inadequacy

  4. Nurturing of Human Nature

  5. Does Empathy Hurt Too Much?

  6. Does Empathy Make Us Too Vulnerable?

  7. Beyond the Quick and Easy Cure

  8. From Fear and Helplessness to Love

  9. How to Help in Extreme Emotional Crises

  10. Creation of Healing Aura in Families

  11. Helping People Who Seem Very Different from Us

  12. Empathy and the Reform Spirit

  13. Finding Ourselves Through Principled Living

  14. Empathy and Forgiveness for Grievous Misdeeds

  15. Empathy for Children and Childhood

  16. Importance of Empathy for Ourselves

  17. Grateful Healer

  18. Is Love Enough?

  19. Index

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