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Unformatted text preview: exercise in class – e.g., asking what’s the earliest time they remember feeling that way, or who does the upsetting person remind them of, or some other question to help the person go back to an earlier time. You can then encourage the speaker to tell you about the earlier time. Again, your warm supportive attention is the main ingredient in the process. If your partner discharges in other ways than talking (e.g., getting tearful, shaking, laughing, yawning), this is fine. You should allow it, and not interrupt it. In fact, once they stop, you can bring their attention back to the place where that discharge started, and ask them to say again the phrase that may have brought the discharge, or ask them to tell you more about the thing that got it started. At the end, ask the speaker what went well, and enjoy the positive feedback. You can also ask if there is anything they would like you to do more of, or less of, next time....
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2010 for the course PSYC 180 at San Jose State.