To the Reader upon Closing This Book:

Together, we have reviewed the past and brought ourselves up to the present. I hope in the process that we have learned the core interpersonal skills of helping. What about the future? How can you prepare for it? Where might you fit in it?

Think about it for a minute! For almost all of humankind’s 14-million-year history, people have relied almost exclusively upon reflexive conditioned responding. Only the occasional thinker has fashioned “breakthroughs” in science and technology and art which have changed the course of civilization. With the environment evolving ever so slowly, the response to most changes was to apply the conditioned responses with greater intensity and quantity—to “Work Harder!” ...

Get The Art of Helping now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.