In the middle of the desert you can say anything you want

21 Dec 2016

Fourth year psychiatry resident 3/4 @ Slate Star Codex

Fascinating. Written from the other side of the barricade «Two of the most important things I learned during my third year were “Tell me more” and “[awkward silence]”. “Tell me more,” works for every situation. Part of the problem with psychotherapy is that you’re always expected to have something to say. As a last resort, that thing is “Tell me more”. It sounds like you’re interested. It sounds like you care. And if you’re very lucky, maybe the patient will actually tell you something more, as opposed to their usual plan to stonewall you and hide all possibly useful information.» Really really interesting on multiple levels