When good intentions are not enough: A successful mentor-mentee relation requires a deliberated practice

Tina Wilchen Christensen

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    Abstract

    Inspired by a neo-Vygotskian approach, this article discusses the use of a mentoring scheme at EXIT, a Swedish organization supporting neo-Nazis’ disengagement from the extremist right. EXIT links mentees – individuals in the process of leaving the extreme right – to mentors – employees who are former neo-Nazis. The article illuminates why good intentions and a shared past between mentor and mentee are not enough for a development-
    oriented relation to occur; supporting mentees struggling with the outcomes of their involvement in the extremist right requires a deliberate practice. The main argument of the article is that for mentors to contribute to mentees’ development and reintegration into democratic society, they need to have contextualized and reinterpreted their own narrative of (dis)engagement and to combine it with a deliberate practice when interacting with mentees.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPsyke & Logos
    Volume36
    Issue number1
    ISSN0107-1211
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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