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Interpersonal Sensitivity

Interpersonal sensitivity relates specifically to a patient’s difficulty in establishing and maintaining close interpersonal relationships. It is distinct from the other problem areas in IPT, because it describes a consistent style of attachment and personality rather than referring to an acute social stressor. In many cases, interpersonal sensitivity can be understood as the baseline attachment and personality style upon which an acute stressor is imposed. Interpersonal sensitivity can therefore be conceptualized as a complicating factor in one of the other three problem areas.