The Importance Of Emotional Expression And Emotional Stability

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This principle can be applied to encourage emotional expression and emotional stability that is desired in experiential theory and systems theory, respectively. When clients show moments of healthy expression and differentiation, a reward is given. This could be as simple as using verbal affirmation or nonverbal cues. This technique may be very effective with clients with addiction, but used with caution, as the client may try to manipulate the system or become addicted to the process rather than gleaning real results.
Therapist Role
People cannot be forced to change, but may be guided in a more desirable direction should they submit to this guidance. The therapist’s role is to lead families into healthy discussion and self-exploration, from which the clients derive meaning and implications. The therapist will empower the family members to take ownership in their lives and gain a sense of self-efficacy. The therapist is a force of stability to offer comfort and support to struggling clients, but is not to passively condone destructive behavior. The therapist is to allow space for emotional experience and expression, but also make time to teach practical skills and strive for the correction of dysfunctional thought patterns.
Disorder Development
In this model of integration, the development of disorders is seen as progressive. The disorder development begins and is perpetuated by emotional suppression, as is suggested in experiential theory. The emotions themselves both…

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