Summary of There Is No Good Card for This
THERE IS NO GOOD CARD FOR THIS: What to Say and Do When Life Is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love by Kelsey Crowe, PhD and Emily McDowell. Copyright © 2017 by Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell. Published by arrangement with HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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Empathy experts Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell’s comforting, instructive manual gives you the tools to offer genuine, appropriate empathy to someone facing a crisis, be it a death in the family, a divorce, a job loss or some other trauma. Both authors are cancer survivors, and Crowe’s mother died young after battling mental illness. They’ve received awkward attempts at comfort and agree that these well-meaning efforts weren’t so terrible, after all. What hurt was the silence from people they thought would be there for them. Crowe and McDowell share their experiences on the giving and receiving ends of comfort, tell candid stories, provide concrete examples and offer frank, lively advice. getAbstract recommends their guidance to anyone who wants to help when it’s needed most.
In this summary, you will learn
- How to give support when others suffer,
- How to get past your own discomfort and offer genuine empathy,
- How to avoid being a “needy helper,” and
- What you should never say.
About the Authors
Kelsey Crowe teaches social work at California State University. She founded Help Each Other Out. Its Empathy Bootcamps give people tools “for building relationships when it really counts.” Illustrator and speaker Emily McDowell created Empathy Cards for people undergoing a crisis.
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