I am reading a chapter of Ed Welch’s book Blame it on the Brain. I thought the following principles for helping people were really good (taken from pp. 152-153).

1. Understand the person and what people are saying about the behavior

2. Distinguish between spiritual and physical symptoms

3. Address the issues of the heart

4. If relevant, address the physical problems

It was just a reminder to me of one of the keys to counseling (and really just dealing with people in general) … you cannot make assumptions. It’s important to gather the data and know the facts. It’s only after this that you can begin to help someone.