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Let's explore in more detail your attitudes and culture since they are the cornerstones of objective decision making and setting ethic boundaries.
4 Questions for a Self-Awareness Check
My learned response and what felt right then was, "we care for those who have consumed too much alcohol." This felt like the "right" response. This "right" response was reinforced by significant others and the media, as alcohol consumption was an accepted sophisticated activity. The American way of the 50's and early 60's movies was that dad and mom would have an after-dinner nightcap.
The resulting "boundaries therapy challenge" is that whenever a client mentions drinking, then internally for me, a red light goes off. I need to do a perspective check and remind myself that not everyone who drinks is a problem drinker.
Do You Learn to Know Yourself?
To increase your self awareness of how your attitudes are linked to your past behaviors and your current setting of client boundaries, I would like for you to turn the CD player off a minute and think back to an emotionally-charged situation from your childhood. Secondly, what was the response of others and what was your resulting learned-response as being the "right" reaction? Thirdly, think where you are regarding this response at present. Recall the most recent time that this issue came up in a session with a client. What was your response? What was the client's attitude towards the issue? Now turn the CD off for this self awareness exercise.
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