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  1. Hi Gordon, I’d like to see a follow-up piece. With the opening sentence: “How do you know when your therapist is lying? When they open their mouth.”

    It is not only the underdogy who lies. Supervisors offering judgements of clients who aren’t there with them seem to be working from the topdog position (that is, in my opinion, they need to get some supervision).

  2. Gordon – thanks for this. I absolutely agree with your position – I think it’s vital to keep watch against signs of jadedness (although I can understand how it happens in fields of work such as addiction). If we end up in a top-dog, under-dog position then no actual therapy is going to take place, just an action replay of previous scenarios. It’s important for the therapist to not have too much ego invested and be able to, as you put it, “grant his viewpoint default truth for the span of the session.” I too would “much rather be fooled than to build a wall between myself and a client who needs my help”. Sometimes of course it’s difficult to feel you might be being taken for a ride – that’s where supervision helps…

    And Evan, I think this goes for an awful lot of therapists.

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