The Essence Of Helping Relationships

How does one person have a positive effect on another? How can we better understand the ingredients and limitations of helping relationships?

Let me start with a quick story.

Meghan watches as her mother finish a telephone call.
“Mommy, why are you crying?” she asks gently.
“I’m okay,” mommy sighs, “I’m okay.”
Meghan leaves the room and comes back moments later.
“When I’m sad, I hold on to Mr. Brown,” she says, handing over a teddy bear to her mother.