“You can make more friends in two months by becoming more interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you” Dale Carnegie-author of How to Win
Friends and Influence People
Posing questions with curiosity decreases a patient’s defensiveness.
When asked with curiosity, questions feel very nonjudgmental. All this increases a patient’s positive feelings for you and increases your rapport.
Curious questions leave things open ended so that a patient can further clarify or elaborate on topics that you feel you want to know more about.
It’s always the time for curious questions. During the assessment portion of therapy, you will be asking many questions, but questions remain an important communication tool throughout the
You might want to establish a few nonjudgmental, curiosity based questions that you add to your repertoire. Some examples might be: “Tell me more about _________”or “How important was that for you” “Did you find that helpful/hurtful?”
I think you’ll find that curiosity is one of the most helpful skills you can develop. It shows sincere caring
for your patient and draws them out. Improving your relationship with your patient increases the likelihood of helping them reach their goals.
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Licensed Mental Health Counselor
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