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The Shaman, the Therapist, and the Coach (2014)

Manfred Kets de Vries

"Executive coaches as modern day shamans"

This working paper discusses various similarities and differences between the healing practices of shamans and the work of therapists and executive coaches. The author also explores the extent to which the shamanic perspective can contribute to contemporary psychotherapy and executive coaching. He conjectures that it is important to recapture humankind’s phylogenetic patterns in our present-day “rational” world, if we are to tackle the increasing alienation of humankind.

INSEAD Working Paper, 2014

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