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Taking Responsibility

Posted by daisym on January 20, 2005, at 20:32:55

I've been reading a collection of articles on avoidance and denial and other such defenses mechanisms. There is one in particular that talks about clients/patients "taking responsibility for avoiding the issue(s) for so long... which complicates the working through process substantially." He basically was making a case that the client needs to accept that they had avoided the issue and this was a large part of the problem and in part, core to the pathology that had developed. He included past abuse in his examples. (He talked about aging parents who change and energy draining grudges, etc. and the "fairness" of dragging out "molding memories.")

I've been turning this over and over in my mind and I've yet to really understand why the author would say this. His big thing was that therapists need to engage their clients in more truthful objective perspectives and not shy away from this.

What does this mean? It feels like a criticism to me about current trauma practices but I'm not sure. Anyone have a take on this?




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