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Wars, racism, poverty, and sexism are a few negative conditions that have been supported under the guise of love. To deny that human relations are not sometimes motivated by values less humane than love is to deny the obvious. And yet the love which Christ described as being God and consequently recommended for human beings has become a challenge and guide for millions of persons. It has become the yardstick by which many people measure the humaneness of their relationships. " The clash between ancient and modern Christian temperaments is clearly portrayed in the conflict of love versus justice.
49 Glasser avoids labeling people, preferring to view labels only as descriptions of irresponsibility. He does, however, label behavior, substituting responsible for mental health and irresponsible for mental illness. According to this theory, the helper's job is to aid the client in becoming more responsible so that he can meet his basic needs himself. Glasser's concept of reality is crucial to understanding this approach. Perhaps it is best described in the following statement: In their unsuccessful effort to fulfill their needs, no matter what behavior they choose, all patients have a common characteristic: They all deny the reality of the world around them.
44 Values. The clarification of values is an indispensable component of the helping relationship. Of concern in this section are the values of the helper. Expression of them may be honest and noninterfering or manipulative, depending on how willing the helper is to take a look at where he or she "is coming from" and to take steps to avoid forcing his or her personal value orientation on the person being helped. Transactional analyst Claude Steiner focuses on the issue in this manner: The issue of manipulation will be dealt with.