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Title:
Night call : embracing compassion and hope in a troubled world / Robert J. Wicks.
ISBN:
9780190669638
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
xxviii, 248 pages ; 22 cm
Abstract:
"Caring for our family members, friends, and others is a central part of a rewarding life. For those in healing and helping professions such as medicine, nursing, education, psychotherapy, social work, ministry, and the military, the potential for a meaningful way of being may even become more possible. But, compassion is not easy. At times, concern for others can be personally devastating when we don't possess the right attitude and approach. Reaching out (and reflectively within) without being pulled down requires the wisdom that only arises out of the right combination of humility and knowledge. Night Call offers the stories and principles gleaned over many years of writing and mentoring for those in the helping and healing professions. The stories are offered in ways that foster compassionate caring while encouraging initiative in those who seek to personally deepen and share their lives with others -- especially in times of significant need. With this in mind, Dr. Wicks presents information on: being a healing presence, mining fruits of the failures all of us must experience at times, the need to enjoy the daily "crumbs of alonetime", the importance of a spirit of "unlearning" ℗ʺ developing a simple realistic self-care program, valuing informal or formal mentoring, recognizing the "3 calls" to which we must respond to as we psychologically develop, honoring life's most elusive psychological virtue (humility) Purposely brief, the chapters, as well as the sections in the "personal resiliency retreat" section at the end of the book, have as their goal a reconsideration of values, signature strengths, and simple approaches to living a resilient, rewarding life. Rather than presenting new breakthroughs, Night Call is designed to dust off what most of us already know, at some level, so we can freshly view the key approaches and techniques that provide increased psychological self-awareness and a potentially healthier sense of presence to others. The themes offered may have been forgotten, or become undervalued/set aside because of some of society's dysfunctional norms or unhelpful family influences. In response, this simple, countercultural book combines the value of essential self-compassion with caring for others in ways that provide the impetus for further exploration of a fuller narrative for both the readers of this work and unforeseen opportunities as well for those who are fortunate enough to cross their paths"--Google Books.
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Caring for our family members, friends, and others is a central part of a rewarding life. For those in healing and helping professions such as medicine, nursing, education, psychotherapy, social work, ministry, and the military, the potential for a meaningful way of being may even become morepossible. But, compassion is not easy. At times, concern for others can be personally devastating when we don't possess the right attitude and approach. Reaching out (and reflectively within) without being pulled down requires the wisdom that only arises out of the right combination of humility andknowledge.Night Call offers the stories and principles gleaned over many years of writing and mentoring for those in the helping and healing professions. The stories are offered in ways that foster compassionate caring while encouraging initiative in those who seek to personally deepen and share their liveswith others - especially in times of significant need. With this in mind, Dr. Wicks presents information on:* being a healing presence* mining fruits of the failures all of us must experience at times * the need to enjoy the daily "crumbs of alonetime" * the importance of a spirit of "unlearning" * developing a simple realistic self-care program * valuing informal or formal mentoring* recognizing the "3 calls" to which we must respond to as we psychologically develop* honoring life's most elusive psychological virtue (humility)Purposely brief, the chapters, as well as the sections in the "personal resiliency retreat" section at the end of the book, have as their goal a reconsideration of values, signature strengths, and simple approaches to living a resilient, rewarding life. Rather than presenting new breakthroughs,Night Call is designed to dust off what most of us already know, at some level, so we can freshly view the key approaches and techniques that provide increased psychological self-awareness and a potentially healthier sense of presence to others. The themes offered may have been forgotten, or becomeundervalued/set aside because of some of society's dysfunctional norms or unhelpful family influences. In response, this simple, countercultural book combines the value of essential self-compassion with caring for others in ways that provide the impetus for further exploration of a fuller narrativefor both the readers of this work and unforeseen opportunities as well for those who are fortunate enough to cross their paths.


Author Notes

Robert J. Wicks, PsyD, received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital and is Professor Emeritus, Loyola University Maryland. He has published more than 50 books for professionals and the general public, including Perspective: The Calm within the Storm (Oxford, 2014); Bounce: Living the Resilient Life (Oxford, 2010); and Riding the Dragon. Dr. Wicks has lectured on the importance of resilience, self-care, and maintaining a healthy perspective in Hanoi, Beijing, Port au Prince, Johannesburg, Phnom Penh, and Budapest as well as at the Mayo Clinic, Harvard's Children's Hospital and Harvard Divinity School, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the U.S. Air Force Academy, on Capitol Hill to Members of Congress and their Chiefs of Staff and most recently in Beirut to persons living and working in Aleppo, Syria. He has also served on the faculty of Bryn Mawr College's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Counseling Association's Division on Spirituality, Ethics, and Values. In 2006, he was recipient of the first annual Alumni Award for Excellence in Professional Psychology from Widener University. In the U.S. military, Dr. Wicks served as a Marine Corps Officer.


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Library Journal Review

Psychologist Wicks (emeritus, Loyola Univ. Maryland; Bounce: Living the Resilient Life; Perspective: The Calm Within the Storm) adds another work for professionals who care for others with this explanation of lessons on how to enjoy a more rewarding life. In his own search for ways to build a rewarding life, Wicks learned how professional helpers and healers can facilitate their care for others with self-care, maintaining a healthy perspective, expanding one's resiliency range, and self-renewal. His lessons are purposefully brief and not designed to be a quick fix. They require hard work, reflection, and perseverance in order to put the ideas into practice. They include appreciating respect and learning a sense of true presence, learning from failure, creating refreshing internal emotional space, and more. Wicks bases his ideas on insights revealed from the lives and writings of critical thinkers from various professions and his own clinical work. While this work borrows from Wicks's prior books on caring for caregivers, the addition of practical tools and techniques help form a solid foundation for enlivening the lofty principles of the work. VERDICT Highly recommended for all helping professionals and members of critical incident stress management teams. Essential for all libraries supporting helping professions curriculum.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Hearing the Whispers of a Resilient, Compassionate Life: A Prologuep. xvii
The Quiet Lessons
1 "Come Sit by Me"p. 3
2 Mining the Fruits of Personal Failurep. 23
3 From a Healthy Distancep. 41
4 Removing the Psychological Cataractsp. 60
5 Profile of a Future Mentorp. 73
6 Simplicity of Serious Self-Carep. 86
7 Beginning the Three Essential Inner Journeys: Honoring and Fathomingp. 97
8 Releasing: A Leap into the Darknessp. 121
9 The Elusive Virtuep. 147
Hearing the Whispers of a Rewarding Life: A Brief Epiloguep. 162
Appendix: Reaching Out (and Within) ... Without Being Pulled Down: A Self-Directed Resiliency Retreatp. 175
Credits and Cited Sourcesp. 229
Reading Further on Resiliency, Self-Care, and Compassionp. 233
About the Authorp. 235
Indexp. 239

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