You Wonʼt Get Me. Therapist Responses to Patients' Impression Management Tactics

Frühauf, Sarah; Figlioli, Patrick; Caspar, Franz (2017). You Wonʼt Get Me. Therapist Responses to Patients' Impression Management Tactics. Journal of nervous and mental disease, 205(3), pp. 217-226. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000609

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In psychotherapy, therapist and patient influence each other constantly. We aimed to investigate how therapists respond to patient impression management and influence tactics. For 60 videotaped intake interviews, judges rated therapist responses to patient tactics as neutral, desired, or undesired from the patient perspective. Judges rated the therapist responses in 57% as neutral, in 40% as desired, and in 2% as undesired by the patients. The proportions of response outcomes varied across tactics. Therapist responses were unrelated to therapist and patient sex. Therapist experience was related to their responses to the tactic Supplication. Overall, some patient tactics seem to be more challenging for therapists than others. Awareness of such response tendencies can help therapists prepare their reactions to certain patient impression management and influence tactics. Implications for training and research are presented.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Frühauf, Sarah Elisabeth; Figlioli, Patrick and Caspar, Franz

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0022-3018

Publisher:

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Language:

English

Submitter:

Salome Irina Rahel Bötschi

Date Deposited:

26 May 2017 11:04

Last Modified:

01 Apr 2018 02:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1097/NMD.0000000000000609

PubMed ID:

27805981

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.93302

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/93302

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