While many try to break loose of the traditional, hierarchical ways of relating to others, they often lack the knowledge, skills, or attitudes necessary to make the change. Ellen Swanson’s model emphasizes a circular process that allows individuals the time and opportunities needed to build relationships that have transformative potential for both members.
Her message to the reader is to learn to believe in oneself, to embrace the essence of self, and to know that persistence will produce outcomes. She provides ongoing self-reflective exercises for those who wish to experience insights, learn about themselves, and become more fully “perfect,” that is to say more fully loving and compassionate with others.
All in all, this work promises to help humans find more satisfying and effective ways of being, and being with others. It is applicable for individuals or two or more in any setting. The messages are subtle, but clear. Trust, take risks, set intent, stay focused, and enjoy the outcomes. And so it is.
— Helen L. Erickson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN