There are the popular greats that are often in the media and there are those unsung heroes that you seldom hear about. I somehow prefer the latter. This post is about honouring, in my view, one of the most prolific psychotherapists in the last century, who had given us many a household quote you may see on mantles and placards. His writings and mantras made it easy for many budding therapists and parents easy access to understanding the inner world of a child. Today, we do a throwback to feature one of his most impactful writings, that influenced me in my own thinking and formative years as a psychotherapist.
Haim G. Ginott (5 August 1922–4 November 1973) was a school teacher, a child psychologist and psychotherapist and a parent educator. He pioneered techniques for conversing with children that are still taught today. His book, Between Parent and Child, stayed on the best seller list for over a year and is still popular today. This book sets out to give "specific advice derived from basic communication principles that will guide parents in living with children in mutual respect and dignity". Originally born in Tel Aviv, Israel, he later moved to the United States, and received his education at Columbia University. He spent his final days living and working in New York City - he was 51 when he passed.