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A Psychologist's Thoughts on Clinical Practice, Behavior, and Life

Advice for the Beginning Psychotherapist:

(1) Progress in psychotherapy doesn’t directly correlate with the amount of talking. (2) A therapist most usually becomes nervous when there is something that they are not picking up. (3) Patients usually know what they should do but can’t. (4) Know someone well enough before accepting them as a patient. (5) The initially troublesome patient can turn out to be great. (6) It’s painful to begin therapy. Respect your patient’s courage. (7) Don’t expect gratitude even from those who, figuratively, owe you their life or, literally, their marriage. (8) The unconscious is very powerful. Respect its power and that of making lucid interpretation.
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