ABSTRACT


The few clients who at times were finding it difficult to articulate their feelings gave the researcher the idea of conducting a research about the therapists' clinical experience in relation to those situations in particular.As the primary expression of its manifestation it was found that the commonplace experience of 'silence' had not been explored extensively in the context of therapy and from the practitioner's perspective. Silence in therapy is a rather enigmatic phenomena which most often leaves therapists in a dilemma about it. Notions of resistance or 'impasse', where the client is 'working at not getting better', seems to demonstrate the existence of a clear and intense dynamic unfolding between the therapist and his or her client. Seven participants cooperated in this research. Their accounts were recorded and analysed using Giorgi's Method of qualitative research (Giorgi, 1985). The findings suggest that mainly two types of silence occur in therapy. Positive silences were exhaustively examined by Levitt (2002) whose study illuminates the former type. It was found however that negative silences were more frequent and could potentially have a significant and lasting impact on therapists. Some of those resulting feelings were found to be for example being cut-off, rejected, used and blamed. It is claimed that a situation where the client finds it difficult to talk is an important subject for therapists to explore in view of allowing themselves to reach for more possibilities. The following chapter called 'discussion' will be the stage of a critical debate with regard to the validity of the research. It is argued that a post-modernist view of scientific research in general is based on a constantly fluctuating language which cannot allow for some truly representative data. Also, and as was demonstrated by Freud (Freud in Gay, 1995), it was found that factors like 'unconscious communication' eventually render the present research as 'only' a piece of knowledge, a snapshot in time which can only be 'bracketed off' or ignored next time a situation of the type explored emerge. This debate was also looked at from Foucault's (1991) perspectives where the dangers of using scientific research in general were examined. Finally future forms of researches were also looked at with a view to encode the body language in an effort to produce more efficient results.

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Contents

Abstract

Introduction

Literature review

Methodology

Research method

Findings

Discussion

References

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