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Cognitive Humanistic Therapy describes a new approach to psychotherapy and self-development, based on an understanding of what it means to be “fully human.” In a unique integration of theory and practice, the book synthesises ideas from the cognitive and humanistic domains of psychotherapy and the religious worlds of Buddhism and Christianity.
Chapter Fourteen: Cultivating Generosity, Helping and Service
Cultivating Generosity, Helping and Service
Human beings have the capacity to cultivate their social instincts by training their minds so that they can communicate and act in ways that help and affirm others. The fruit of high levels of mental cultivation is the capacity to demonstrate great human sympathy. At its higher levels human sympathy requires not just deep and widespread feelings of compassion, but the human-being skills of consistently showing generosity and helpfulness and living a life of service committed to affirming others. As civil rights leader Martin Luther King observed ‘Life's most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?’ (King, 1996, p. 17). Alfred Adler also emphasized that the value of a person's social interest ...