Coaching for Thinking and Life Skills

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Open Access Capstone

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Master of Arts (MA)


“The more technology we introduce into society, the more people will want to be with other people,” concludes John Naisbitt (1982) in emphasizing the need for human touch. On a recent talk show, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, author of “Living with Death and Dying” (1981), related that she had earned many honorary degrees for her work with the terminally ill. She wondered why she had been so rewarded, saying, “All I’ve done is listen to the dying and hear what they say.” A mother writes to the Boston Globe’s Confidential Chat column (1983) asking for help in identifying ways to lover her baby more. “Can you tell me some little ways of loving my baby?” These three quotes overwhelmingly support the idea that now, as in the past, humans beings need social understanding, the capacity to give an empathetic response, and skills in solving social problems that are new to them. These needs taken together may be described as the need for a creative social response. In everyday social activities, professional circumstances, (e.g. counselors, teachers, doctors), and industrial relations, (e.g., managers, laborers, union officials), there is a clear need for imaginative and effective social [...]


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