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Re: Attitudes and Judgements Emily Elizabeth

Posted by wittgensteinz on January 24, 2009, at 7:12:24

In reply to Re: Attitudes and Judgements, posted by Emily Elizabeth on January 23, 2009, at 18:03:50

I was hesitant to reply - perhaps because the idea of my therapist or pdoc talking negatively about me behind my back is something that worries me.

EE, I found your reply very perceptive. I like to think my therapist is well analysed enough not to talk about his patients out of the therapeutic context. Sure he must get annoyed/irritated with me at times as it is a repetitive process and things like lack of trust are difficult to rectify. But I hope he knows enough about the nature of mental illness to understand why that is so, why he might feel whatever countertransference he does and why the therapy with any particular patient takes the course it does. I think it very much has to do with the person doing the gossiping, about their own insecurities and weaknesses. I know it because I have done it myself I'm afraid to say - for example, with people who become ill - we always ask those questions and look for blame.

I've read on forums elsewhere about those who are patients as well as therapists and who are shocked/upset to see the way their colleagues talk negatively or bitchily about their clients. I think this likely stems from ignorance or disillusionment on the part of the professional - or fear.

Witti

 

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