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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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PART TWO: Human Interaction and Coaching

It’s not easy being human, and sometimes it seems that the worst part of it is all the other humans we have to deal with. We are, however, essentially social beings. We function in relation to each other. Extended isolation, when not embraced as a spiritual discipline, is generally considered a cruel punishment.

It makes sense to study humans in a social context: how we communicate (or not), how we resolve conflict (or not). Most of us are born into family systems, and the groups in which we find ourselves working are sometimes susceptible to similar patterns. We are at the mercy of changes over which we have little control, and that demand all our resources of patience and adaptability. Even our individual ...

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