chapter  1
Introduction
Pages 9

This book aims at being a primer for those needing to learn about the emotional and intellectual complexities that can come into people’s lives. It is mainly designed for students of the helping professions; but anyone-from parents to young people still at school-might find it worth reading. It is a simple exercise in combining cool scientific objectivity with the warmth of thoughtful sympathy for people. Its main point of view is that we humans get on best together when enjoying understanding each other; and that one way to start is to be interested in a person’s background.