Listening: An Underlying Competency in Psychiatry Education
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It may seem unnecessary to argue for more attention to be paid to listening as a competency in psychiatric education. Popular culture certainly seems to embrace the idea that this is a central aspect of being a psychiatrist. Television psychiatrist Frazier began each call on his radio program with the catch phrase, “I’m listening.” Many New Yorker cartoons play off the image of the psychiatrist in his or her chair listening deeply, or, for comic effect, not listening at all. During residency application season, many medical students report that they are drawn to a career in psychiatry because it rewards their interest and aptitude for listening to patients. All of this is ultimately a reflection of the fact that being listened to is a profound and fundamental human need, one that may become even more important when ill with a condition that society often drapes in silence. Being listened to “allows our experiences to count and ourselves to matter” (p. 3) and thereby fosters a sense of...
KeywordsPsychiatry Resident Medical Education Literature Subliminal Priming Literary Fiction Clinical Empathy
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