If the client makes a conscious choice to deny the message, then the therapist can do nothing for them . . . except appeal to their subconscious. I don't know how to define the subconscious . . . perhaps the base of what makes us human . . . desire, passion, humor, sadness. Emotion. Perhaps the problem, when someone shuts down from help, is that they don't feel close to the therapist. Perhaps its their relative positions; perhaps race; perhaps any number of things. That is somewhat immaterial. Appealing to their emotions can get you past that. Tell a joke. Be funny. Disclose (carefully). At that point it may be possible to bypass their conscious and talk to their feelings. This process would probably take quite a few sessions, but it is a start.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Musings on Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Theory and Other
People change due to what is around them and can, in turn, change the things around them. I like the diagram of Bronfenbrenner's theory because it helps me realize that we are a product of everything around us, but that we have the ability to alter our surroundings. That being said, I do not believe that anyone has the ability to change anyone else. Any intra-personal change that can be made must happen due to a choice from the individual. When therapists talk to clients, the client must make a conscious choice to do something. Even listening in the first place denotes a level of sub-conscious choice either in response to the person or his/her message.