Use Thyself Too!
In preparing for this post, I decided to do a brief survey of current literature on the topic of “Professional Use of Self”. During this process, a miracle occured. I found an article that I believe says everything about the topic in a way that is useful and that makes complete sense to me. You see, part of mypersonality (a key component of my profesional use of self) is my love of language, so it is somewhat rare for me to find a piece of writing that I don’t want to edit or tweak in one way or another. I am never one to deny or ignore the miraculous, so I will not spend the next hour rewriting what has already been said so well right here.
The artice was originally written for students in their field placement, but I think it is good for each of us to pick up our old intern hats from time to time in order to get a fresh perspective on our work. So, who are you? What traits, stories, experiences, do you bring into the thereapeutic relationships that you establish and maintain each day?