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Read This! You'd Never Guess Why Therapy Is Becoming More Effective

Updated on May 10, 2015

The Price of Value

There are many contributing factors to what shapes reality. A very powerful factor is perception. While it is not advisable for psychologists to reveal his or her own values in therapy, there are instances where the needs of the client may require a firm stance. The element of effectiveness in which psychology operates is an assessment of patterns of thoughts and behaviors minus criticism. A psychologist must be critical in thinking to address the behavior and mindset, and judgment must consist of a call to action for results as opposed to a judgment of negative criticism with no constructive standpoint. There is a limit as to what the brain is able to process and retain. In order for psychologists to successfully impact a client, there has to be a set of objective observations and a set of value points. According to Jordan Lewis, people are bombarded with information, and as a result much of the information presented to the human brain is ignored or quickly forgotten. (Lewis, Jordan; This Is How the Brain Filters out Unimportant Details, 2015 http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brain-babble/201502/is-how-the-brain-filters-out-unimportant-details.)

The best way to impact the life of a client is to become memorable. The best way for information to be retained is to make sure the receiver of the information as outlined in the communications module is able to care able what is presented and to offer feedback. (Foulger, Davis; Models of the Communication Process, 2004 http://www.davis.foulger.info/research/unifiedModelOfCommunication.htm) Foulger, is insisted that cybernetic model of communication includes feedback. In the world of therapy, it can be said that every client has feedback on what a therapists introduces, suggests, and implements into the session. Even if the feedback is not allowed to be freely written, expressed, or exchanged between the parties, the fundamental aspects of communication allows feedback to surface.

Therefore, for a psychologist to use personal values in therapy should be used in an objective standpoint on a case by case basis. The values shared should not be presented in a biased manner without room for dissenting viewpoints to be discussed. It is not advisable to use personal values in therapy because then the level of professional expertise can be at risk to scrutiny and loses potency. If a client feels that the personal values of the therapist are not in alignment with his or her own personal values, then the professional advisement may lose validity. However, if a client is having a moral dilemma and decides to concede to the personal stance of a professional psychologist, then it can be implemented with care and indifference.

Indifference is an impulse factor that can have powerful affects on the weight of a personal value. In economics, Francis Edgeworth introduced ideas in reference to the Indifference Curve can show the yield of satisfaction for a utility or individual relative to consumer goods. (Indifference Curve Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008 Encyclopedia Britannica Online.) It is presented to study behavior relating to consumption and the demands for goods. In the case for psychology, the demand for goods is substitute for the demand for affect and acceptance of a personal value. Francis Edgeworth utilized this concept for welfare economics, which focuses on an individual's well being. Here we can see that indifference is able to drive consumption. This concept is able to be likened to the idea behind personal values and indifference. If it is measured in terms of the client's well being with no obvious personal investment on the stance from the therapist, then it can be a helpful angle for therapy.

Conclusively, the personal value of a psychologist is a highly guarded treasure that can only be shared or displayed with the proper timing, technique, and idea professional environment. In my experience, the more a personal value appears to mean to the receiver of the information, the more incline it is for the value to lose significance or stand in the line of scrutiny. In essence what a professional holds as a personal value must be yielded with care or it could cost the said professional in a hefty manner. When spending time and effort to make a difference for a client, a psychologist must know the price of values.

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