Personal Analysis of the Professional Research Paper

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Similarly, I have learned that counter-transference is also a risk within any relationship potentially prone to transference (Mitchell & Black, 2003). As a practical matter, I intend to maintain awareness of any tendencies on my part toward counter-transference by being aware of any tendency to think about clients in between sessions in any manner other than in direct connection to their clinical issues. At the first sign of any potential risk of counter-transference, I would consider discontinuing the relationship and referring the patient to a colleague.

What qualities do you have that will make you an effective psychologist?

I believe my most important personal quality that will make me an effective psychologist is empathy, because I genuinely care about other people. There is empirical evidence suggesting that this is, indeed, one of the most important qualities of good psychologists (Gerrig & Zimbardo, 2009). I believe that I am conscientious and will devote myself to achieving the best possible results for every one of my patients and that I will never come to feel that my position is merely a "job." I believe that, as psychologists, we are in an incredibly unique and sensitive position in that patients share with us thoughts and feelings that they do not share with anybody else and that this alone is a privilege that also comes with a responsibility to do our very best for our patients.

How will you handle stress in order to reduce/prevent burnout?

I understand that vocational stress and burnout are potential risks throughout clinical medicine and that it is substantially related to perpetually being in a position of such extreme responsibility for the welfare of others (Krasner, Epstein, Beckman, et al., 2009). I intend to be as mindful as possible of possible signs of stress in my life at their very earliest possible manifestations. I hope that I will be able to recognize and identify sources of stress so that I will be able to reduce any factors within my ability to do so (such as in relation to scheduling and over-working).

References

Gerrig, R, and Zimbardo, P. (2009). Psychology and Life. Upper Saddle River, NJ:

Pearson.

Krasner, M., Epstein, R., Beckman, H., Suchman, a., Chapman, B., and Mooney, C. "Association of an educational program in mindful communication with burnout, empathy, and attitudes among primary care physicians." Journal of American Medical Association, Vol. 302, No. 12 (2009): 1284-1292.

McWilliams, N. (2004). Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide. New York: Guilford.

Mitchell, S. And Black, M. (2003). Freud and…

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References

Gerrig, R, and Zimbardo, P. (2009). Psychology and Life. Upper Saddle River, NJ:

Pearson.

Krasner, M., Epstein, R., Beckman, H., Suchman, a., Chapman, B., and Mooney, C. "Association of an educational program in mindful communication with burnout, empathy, and attitudes among primary care physicians." Journal of American Medical Association, Vol. 302, No. 12 (2009): 1284-1292.

McWilliams, N. (2004). Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide. New York: Guilford.

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