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Re: Paranoia or common practice? Camille Dumont

Posted by Apperceptor on March 14, 2004, at 15:05:09

In reply to Re: Paranoia or common practice?, posted by Camille Dumont on March 14, 2004, at 14:05:09

Camille-

I wouldn't think this is a sign of paranoid issues, so I must respectfully disagree with drblond in thinking this is cause, in and of itself, to worry. Also, anxiety disorders generally do not include paranoia as a component.

Psychologists are generally taught to include as many direct quotes as possible, to keep the emphasis more on fact and less on speculation (although, as you said, they can certainly come up out of context). In my own work, and in that of many others I'd assume, I use Gregg shorthand for some parts.

For many tests you may have taken (i.e. Rorschach, TAT, most others) the diagnostician is theoretically *required* to write down every word you say. So no, I don't think you're being paranoid.

In regard to taping without your knowledge, I wouldn't think it happened...but ask! It's certainly a valid and non-threatening question. I'd just say largely what you said here...that it seems he or she got a lot of direct quotes and you're curious. In the U.S. you cannot be taped without your consent with rare exceptions (your situation would not be an exception). I'm afraid I don't know about Canadian policy, but I bet you could obtain a reference in a comprehensive statement of your rights as a client.

Take care-


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