The Psychology of Helping. Alison Hardingham, MA Oxon, C Psychol Visiting Executive Professor , Henley College of Management Director of Business Psychology, Yellow Dog Consulting. Purpose of my dialogue with you today.
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Alison Hardingham, MA Oxon, C Psychol
Visiting Executive Professor , Henley College of Management
Director of Business Psychology, Yellow Dog Consulting
‘With great puzzlement and a furrowed brow he said, ‘I don’t understand why you are so angry with me. I wasn’t trying to help you.’(From Wilfred Bion’s work with groups)
The act of helping another person is often not simple and straightforward. It derives from complex motivations, in both helper and helped, and it has complex and long-lasting consequences, often unforeseen at the time of helping.
An evolutionary perspective
A psychodynamic perspective
‘No man is an island……..any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.’ (John Donne)