The Mystery of Meeting: Relationships as a Path of Discovery

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Rudolf Steiner Press, Apr 15, 2010 - Families - 141 pages
"Our relationships--with our family, colleagues, friends, lovers, partners--are decisive factors in our lives. More than outer success, wealth, or fame, they make the difference between joy and sorrow, development and stagnation, fulfillment and frustration. They both stimulate and require us to reflect on our own initiatives and reactions. They lead us to thresholds of emotion and discovery. If we can navigate these thresholds with our eyes open, relationships can become a path of initiation, taking us beyond our self-centered isolation into new and inspiring worlds of experience." What really happens in relationships? Why do they affect us so deeply? Why do we long for a sense of community yet so aggressively assert our individualism? What are the risks and benefits of genuine human encounter? Drawing on perspectives from psychology, philosophy, management, and economics, The Mystery of Meeting explores these questions from a unique viewpoint and offers insight and guidance for developing healthy relationships. Steve Briault elaborates powerful ways of working with the dynamics of relationships within personal, community, and business contexts. Encountering another person, he says, is a "threshold experience." Each of us is an unknown world, and through meeting we are confronted with developmental challenges, as well as opportunities for profound personal development.

This stimulating book presents groundbreaking ideas for managers, professionals, educators, communicators, and anyone who wishes to improve everyday relationships.

 

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In July 2010 Euan Semple @euan tweeted:
"..interesting the amount of resistance I encounter when I suggest that
people be encouraged to think more."
The answers to that observation lie within Steve Briault's timely book on relationships - relationships in the broadest sense. Utilising his long experience in social development in businesses, communities and educational settings Steve Briault captures in a truly imaginative way the very nature and threshold of the experience of relating. Grounded in the work of Rudolf Steiner this book is a useful modern adjunct to any persons enquiry into the basis of how and why relationship dynamics prosper or founder. A book that merits several reads to garner the full depth of the insights provided.  

Contents

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Three Thresholds
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Threshold Phenomena
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The Archetype of the Social Threshold
32
Relationships at the Threshold
44
Families at the Threshold
67
Couples at the Threshold
79
The CustomerSupplier Threshold
103
The ManagementLeadership Threshold
112
The Collegial Threshold
122
Human relationships and human rights
137
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