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Page v To my wife, Barbara, and our children Page vii Preface Each year, a growing number of people have come to realize that no amount of behavioral-science theory will allow us to produce a humane society if such theory is devoid of a humane foundation. And belatedly these same people have come to realize that Christianity is a humane foundation for human relations. Each year, millions of Americans spend billions of dollars and countless hours trying to find peace with themselves and with God.
Therefore, whoever loves man for the sake of man . . " 32 Self-Knowledge. M. "33 Abraham H. Maslow, Carl R. Rogers, Carl Jung, Theodore Roszak, and Jess Lair are but a few in a long list of persons who are convinced that we must be in touch with and have a grasp of what is going on within our own selves before we can begin to help another. Maurice Nicoll, Scottish psychologist, theologian, and student of Jung, wrote of self-knowledge as it applies to the helping relationship: No one as he is mechanically that is, as formed by life and its influences can enter into and understand another, and, from that, give help, unless he already knows from his own self-observation, self-study and insight and work on himself, what is in the other person.
55 Felix P. Biestek described casework as a Page 28 way to "help a person meet a problem, fill a need, receive a service. " 56 The core material of the casework relationship is interaction of the basic attitudes and emotions of the caseworker and client. 57 All seven are found in training groups (T-groups), encounter groups, and organizational development (OD). Self-Help Groups. Self-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Synanon, Recovery, Weight Watchers, and countless others springing up all over the country, are fascinating and in many instances highly successful in treating individuals who, for one reason or another, have turned to lay persons, rather than professionals, for help.
A Religious Foundation of Human Relations: Beyond Games by George Henderson