The Language of Self-Suppression
This chapter will be devoted to examples of statements made by individuals in therapy, and members of their families, that at the same time both mask and reveal self-suppression. Specifically, two general categories of statements will be discussed. The first category is that of statements which appear to indicate only selfish motivation but which in reality refer to altruistic self-sacrifice as well. The second category is that of statements from which hidden self-mortifying thought processes can be inferred. As in the last chapter, in each clinical vignette I will provide the statement, discuss the context, and look at alternate interpretations.
KeywordsAlternate Interpretation Family System Large Context Homework Assignment Oppositional Behavior
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