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Re: Our Right Hemispheres Pfinstegg

Posted by fallsfall on February 8, 2004, at 9:44:19

In reply to Our Right Hemispheres, posted by Pfinstegg on February 8, 2004, at 2:54:12

Gee, maybe this is why my therapist is distressed that I make so little eye contact.

I was very much into eye contact with my first therapist - I think she felt that she was under a microscope. But our relationship fell apart - I felt abandoned by her like I did with my mother.

It has been so clear to me in the last 8 months with my new therapist that my eye contact behavior is completely different. I rarely look at him. I might look at him while he is talking, but I won't look at him when I am talking. I am afraid that he will see me pleading with my eyes. I guess I am afraid to see him reject my pleading.

It does make sense. Thanks for the insight.

So how does this work when the patient is on the couch - don't they miss all of this facial stuff? Does the patient project facial expressions onto the therapist (more of the blank slate concept)?

 

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