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Re: I still love my therapist widget

Posted by violette on June 28, 2010, at 17:21:46

In reply to Re: I still love my therapist, posted by widget on June 28, 2010, at 16:02:52

I'm not sure how the concept or context of the phrase is use clinically, but here's an example that better illustrates how I view it or refer to it:

Therapist sees you upset and guinely empathsizes with you; however, he feels guilty about it. So, instead of being neutral/objective, he discloses to you that you are his favorite patient-he acted out his guilt feelings (just using that as an example). Another way he could act out is by calling you to 'check in' on you more often than other patients because he misses your company. Again, being less objective and acting on his feelings.

My T and I discussed 'acting out' briefly in the love context. When I told him about my in love feelings, before we discussed the feelings themselves, I was a bit nervous and said: I'm sure its not uncommon for a patient to have these feelings and my guess is that you have a lot of experience in dealing with this...and I bet if patients don't tell you, you would notice anyway. His response: yes, I can often tell, but most patients will act it out (as opposed to talking about the feelings directly).

For a patient acting out, my view is that it means not directly talking about/addressing the feelings. It could be things spoken indirectly or phone calls, covert manipulation, etc.

My guess is that it would be impossible for a T to never "act out", or act upon their CT feelings. I guess I'm just heavily into the unconscious, and my T thinks out loud at times, analyzing himself, and I think I've adopted the habit :)

Anyway, I hope that makes sense. I don't have a psychology background; my apologies if I use the term incorrectly or cause confusion.




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