Resist the negation reflex: Minimizing reactance in psychotherapy of delusions

@article{Arnold2016ResistTN,
  title={Resist the negation reflex: Minimizing reactance in psychotherapy of delusions},
  author={Kyle Arnold and J. Vakhrusheva},
  journal={Psychosis},
  year={2016},
  volume={8},
  pages={166 - 175}
}
It is widely believed that it is countertherapeutic to confront delusions, but the underlying reasons why have not been clearly conceptualized. The present paper endeavors to clarify both (1) why confronting delusions is countertherapeutic, and (2) why therapists can feel tempted to do so. People experiencing delusions can elicit an automatic reaction in the disbelieving therapist that can be termed the negation reflex. The therapist may feel compelled to negate or disconfirm the patient’s… Expand
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