2 The Humble Inquiry Attitude

In the last chapter we described, with some examples of telling, how Humble Inquiry relates to levels of relationships. In this chapter we elaborate on the attitude of Humble Inquiry as it plays out in different situations. Some of these relationship situations are clearly Level 2, but others are not, showing that even in transactional relationships the Humble Inquiry attitude can provide an important invitation to relationship building.

Humble Inquiry is a mix of being helpful, building relationships, and deciphering situations. Thus the most important here-and-now skill for you, the learner, is to build your situational awareness. As different situations demand or allow different kinds of behavior, the next ...

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