Title: The therapist's self in dialogical family therapy: Some ideas about not-knowing and the therapist's inner conversation
Authors: Rober, P # ×
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Family process inc
Series Title: Family process vol:44 issue:4 pages:477-495
Abstract: In this article, the focus is on the therapist's self, which will be in line with Bakhtin's thinking, viewed as a dialogical self. First, the dialogical view of the self is situated in the context of psychology's traditional focus on the individual self Then, leaning on Bakhtin and Volosinov, the self is described as a dialogue of multiple inner voices. Some of the implications of this concept for family therapy practice are examined, focusing especially on the therapist's participation in the therapeutic process and on the therapist's inner conversation. The author argues that not-knowing does not only refer to the therapist's receptivity and respect but also implies that the therapist is aware of his or her experience and reflects on how his or her inner conversation might inform and enrich the therapeutic conversation. Finally, these ideas are illustrated with a brief clinical vignette.
ISSN: 0014-7370
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
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