Vitality: A Psychiatrist's Answer to Life's Problems

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CHAPTER 6.
NUTS-AND-BOLTS QUESTIONS PEOPLE NEED ANSWERS TO
ABOUT THE GOOD AND BAD IN HELPING
At times in our efforts to get the very best out of our living we get hopelessly stuck. We need help from someone else. Many consider turning to a psychiatrist, psychologist or other professional helper. We assume that such professional helpers are far more skilled in helping people than nonprofessionals are. We assume that they have refined the art of helping to a high degree so as to help us get the wonderful life we want. All of which may or may not be so.The questions raised and answered in this chapter concern the nuts and bolts of helping. They are questions which ordinary people ask. They are eminently practical questions. People in general need good answers to these questions, because the answers are crucial for making clear how to sort out the good from the bad in what the professionals of helping actually do.Some of the issues dealt with here will course through the rest of this work since they concern central elements in how we live our lives.These, then, are the questions:
1. How does one choose a psychiatrist, psychologist or other professional helper?
2. What should one expect from a professional helper, at the start, middle, and end of a helping contact?
3. How long should helping take?

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