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MENTORING – BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

A further exploration into some of the darker aspects of mentoring as Lis Merrick considers how dependency and intimacy can evolve in mentoring relationships After covering power and transference in mentoring in the last issue, I felt it appropriate to consider some of the difficulties that can be created by close emotional engagement between mentor and mentee. An effective developmental relationship, with trust, rapport and respect as integral elements, will naturally create an emotional bond in the mentoring pair. It may then become difficult to ‘let go’ at the end of the relationship. If the winding-up phase is not handled […]

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