chapter  10
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Most people are aware of the uniqueness of self and their place in society. From an

individual perspective we must accept ultimate responsibility for our own actions

and behaviour. This is regardless of the influence of genetic make-up, society,

family dynamics and the environment. Individual behaviour is the influence of

personal growth and development. While everyone is affected by their circum-

stances, environment and family, the individual alone is held responsible for how

he chooses to behave or reacts and how he lives his life.2 Personal growth and

development is the vital ingredient to understanding acceptance, compassion,

integrity and awareness of self. Counselling is one of the means for the responsible

individual adult to help achieve this balanced perspective.