What is it about?

Continuing personal and professional development keeps us and our work for others fresh and alive. This development is more than an academic exercise of collecting continuing education credits. Not only are living mentors helpful, but we have a treasure trove of rich information that we can mine like gold from earlier people in our field which can be drawn upon. Thus, even if we think we do not have time to meet with a mentor, we can benefit from his/her wisdom easily through books, videos, and other media.

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Why is it important?

If we do not continue to grow personally and professionally we are more at risk for burn out and personal crisis. Also, the quality of our work for and with others can suffer. Mentoring can be a valuable safeguard and facilitate personal and professional satisfaction, be it through a living mentor or ones gone before us.


Many people refer to me as a "humanistic psychologist" although I've not called myself by that name. Looking back over the years I see that I've now come full circle. I did immerse myself in humanistic psychology and spirituality early on in life and then my focus became more empirical. As a "seasoned psychologist" I find myself returning to what others have viewed me as, a Christian humanist psychologist with a passion for generating mutual respect among all spiritual, racial, and philosophical traditions and heritages. I have many mentors to thank, two of them long deceased before I was even born.

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This page is a summary of: Metaphysical mentors: An existential journey of personal and professional development., The Humanistic Psychologist, November 2018, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/hum0000117.
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