ERIC Number: ED316779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar-16
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The World View of Counselor and Client: How It Affects Effective Interaction.
Donohue, Edith M.
There are essentially two ways in which individuals might perceive the world around them and two ways in which they might behave in that world. The world is perceived as being either basically friendly or basically hostile. If one experiences the world as friendly then one is likely to expect that what is needed will be available. If one believes that the world is basically unsupportive, then experience of adverse conditions seems normal. One's position in the world affects the kind of action one will take. If active, one will feel responsible for outcomes. As a passive individual, one accepts what life provides or withholds. The language one uses tends to communicate world view and position. When counselors understand, using this model, how views and positions differ or are similar, counselors may find themselves trying to persuade clients to their own perspective. There may be signs that counselors and clients are not seeing things the same way when there is client resistance to the counseling effort. Counselors can use the model as an assessment device to assist in self-evaluation. It can also be used to monitor causes of resistance and lack of compliance. Further, it can lead to a greater degree of empathy on the part of the counselor by providing another level of client understanding. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Cincinnati, OH, March 16-19, 1990).