PROLOGUE

To the Reader Upon Opening This Book:

This is the ninth edition of The Art of Helping. Here is the data. More than 700,000 copies have been sold over three decades. Literally, millions of people have been trained in helping skills. Many millions more have been recipients of these skills. The effects upon hundreds of thousands of these recipients have been researched. We are very pleased with the results.

Perhaps the most important thing that I can say is this: “We have been an important part of an interpersonal skills revolution.” This revolution began less than one-half century ago with the work of neo-Freudians like Sullivan, Horney, and Fromm, was continued by the Client-Centered and Existential Schools, and finally was adopted by ...

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