Doing Good: Passion and Commitment for Helping Others [NOOK Book]

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This book inspires people to make a difference in their work with others. While all too often our society is fascinated by evil, rather than goodness, Doing Good celebrates the passion, exhilaration, and excitement that accompany acts of service, while also recognizing that some sacrifices are made along the way.

Told through the experiences of those who "do good" for a living or as an avocation, this book reflects the realities of helping others through those who are successful...

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Doing Good: Passion and Commitment for Helping Others

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Overview

This book inspires people to make a difference in their work with others. While all too often our society is fascinated by evil, rather than goodness, Doing Good celebrates the passion, exhilaration, and excitement that accompany acts of service, while also recognizing that some sacrifices are made along the way.

Told through the experiences of those who "do good" for a living or as an avocation, this book reflects the realities of helping others through those who are successful and flourishing in their work. Unlike more traditional texts that concentrate exclusively on research, theory, or techniques, this work is focused on helping beginners to feel good about their commitment to service and to understand the motivation of those who have dedicated themselves to it.

Among its outstanding features:

  • Answers the "big" questions, such as: Why do people help others? What benefits to they enjoy from their work? What sacrifices are made along the way?
  • Addresses important issues such as the problem of "compassion fatigue" and the difficulty of knowing whether a difference has been made in people's lives
  • Inspires and supports beginners in the helping fields by revealing the authentic and enlightening voices of veterans.
  • Speaks to the reader in a highly personal and engaging style, reading more like a novel than a textbook.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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What People Are Saying

Jeffrey A. Kottler
It is the voices of counselors, therapists, nurses, physicians, philanthropists, teachers, public service personnel, and volunteers who give this book life. It is through their eyes, and hearts, that you will enter the world of doing good. (From the Preface)
Howard Rosenthal
"Ideal for aspiring counselors, psychologists, nurses, human service workers, and educators...Another in a string of winners for Dr. Kottler. (Howard Rosenthal, Ed.D., author of Encyclopedia of Counseling and Favorite Counseling and Therapy Techniques)
Tom Blume
"Dr. Kottler has influenced a whole generation of mental health professionals with his fresh, honest, and challenging stores of the joys and pain we all experience. This book provides the newcomer to the field with a heartfelt welcome... (Tom Blume, Ph.D., Oakland University)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135057930
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/21/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 131
  • Sales rank: 936,451
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Welcome With Open Arms 1
2 Why Do People Help Others and What Do They Get Out of It? 13
3 Voices of Those Who Help 29
4 Helping Others to Help Yourself 45
5 What Matters Most 57
6 The Price Paid 73
7 Excuses and Obstacles to Overcome 99
8 Where Can You Go Next? 111
References 123
About the Author 127
Index 129
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2000

    Insightful and refreshing.

    Presents an insightful, refreshing examination of compassion and altruism and how these behaviors manifest themselves in our lives. Dr. Kottler makes a convincing case for the presence of innate human goodness. The results of his study provided a wonderfully uplifting portrait of human potential.

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