ERIC Number: ED345143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Psychological Mindedness: A Review of Its Development, Use and Overuse.
Freedman, Susan A.
The term "psychological-mindedness" is used frequently. It is thought necessary to facilitate the therapeutic process. Clients who are psychologically minded are expected to benefit more fully from the process of therapy. Psychological-mindedness of a client may also play a role in motivation, which is regarded as having an enormous influence upon outcome. It is expected that the therapist be psychologically minded. It has been noted that it may be problematic when and if this same approach generalizes to the life of the therapist outside the therapy session. The overdevelopment of psychological-mindedness of a therapist may adversely affect clients in two ways. Therapists who are themselves emotionally drained and unable to experience close interpersonal relationships may not be well equipped to coach others toward new and better patterns of behavior and relationships. Teaching psychological-mindedness to clients may, especially in the case of more psychoanalytic therapies, teach skills and ways of interacting which are not appropriate to everyday life. Clients having interpersonal difficulties must learn not only to relate to the therapist in an appropriate manner, but must learn how to relate to people in their environment. Beginning therapists must not only learn to utilize and expand their own psychological-mindedness, but also need to learn to utilize boundaries, thereby confining it to specific areas of their life. (ABL)
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