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she should not react in this way, because after all she will just be using a different chair for that particular session. However, PB’s sense of comfort is threatened when the routine of her sessions is challenged. PB reacts in surprise and shock towards this 205 scenario and towards her own emotional response to the situation. It also suggests that the client may have crossed a personal boundary of PB’s by changing the previously established routine of the sessions. Although PB does not appear to visibly react to the client in her session her defences are up as she processes how she feels about the client changing seats. These are just a few examples of many throughout the participants’ interviews of the Amoeba Principle in action. It is a defensive reaction to a threat or perceived threat. It is underpinned by using boundaries to defend against the said threat. This aspect of boundaries can be found throughout this thesis and is an important element of the Boundary Response Model (BRM). The principle suggests that the person aims to be in a comfortable state which is free from any threats. Many of the threats in the participants’ accounts were underpinned by shame or fear. This then draws comparisons with the ‘triangle of conflict’ (Malan, 2007) which is used in psychodynamic therapy to support therapists in creating a client formulation (i.e. an analysis of their difficulties and what is causing them) (Smith and Garforth, 2011). The triangle of conflict is represented by an inverted triangle with the horizontal base at the top with a single angle at the bottom – see figure 3 below. Each angle of the triangle represents one of three elements which are hidden feelings (at the bottom), and anxiety and defence at points at the top. Smith and Garforth (2011) detail the basic elements of this tool and a summary of these are given here. Hidden feelings relate to underlying emotions which are not part of the conscious awareness and are a result of early life experiences. They are at the bottom of the triangle because they
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