Chapter 2

What’s different about a mentoring relationship?

Jung viewed Freud as a mentor, but he never wanted to be anybody’s disciple.

Viggo Mortensen, actor

In this chapter:

  • Look at the distinct nature of the relationship a mentor has with the individual they are working with.
  • Examine three typical themes that underpin all mentor relationships:
    • the ‘quest’ involving challenges which must be overcome
    • that the mentor has something the mentee needs
    • a harmony of benevolence and respect.
  • Reflect on your existing knowledge and experience of these themes.

What’s distinct about a mentor relationship?

To help us explore this idea further, let’s remind ourselves of some classic mentor relationships – see Table 2.1 overleaf.

What can we use from this? ...

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