We base our assumptions about normality on our own experience and risk mistaking the norms of our immediate social circle (or movies and TV) for demographic reality.
There are two aims in any conversation: unambiguous expression of your own position and complete comprehension of the other person’s views. We should always remember that neither of these is a realistic goal.
Treat others as you’d like to be treated is a universal principle. Therapists who avoid working with other faiths and cultures can be assured that there is common ground to work from.
One of the major challenges to the therapeutic alliance arises when the client fails to follow the therapistâ€™s advice.
Asking when you don’t understand benefits you and your clients. Pretending to understand can discourage disclosure and support poor decision making.