The art and angst of the mentoring relationship

Lori L. Davis, Marc S. Little, William L. Thornton

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The authors review the ancient mentoring relationship in Homer's Odyssey and the mentoring discourse of Socrates. These relationships illustrate the art of inspiring a searching quality in the subject and the angst of the struggle that accompanies perplexity and unknowing. The developmental stages of the mentor and resident in psychiatric training are reviewed. A spectrum of teaching interventions are discussed as they might be perceived by the student. Finally, Plato's 'Allegory of the Cave' is used as a metaphor for the art of enlightenment and angst of learning and teaching in the mentoring relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-71
Number of pages11
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Education

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