chapter  Chapter Thirteen
Neutrality and relative anonymity
WithRobert Langs
Pages 15

The more fluid and ill-defined a ground rule of psychotherapy, the greater the abuse of the rule. This helps to explain why, as measured by the standard of deep unconscious, encoded validation, violations of therapists’ neutrality and relative anonymity are so common as to take on epidemic proportions. Clinical studies have clearly shown that there is only one class of verbal interventions by psychotherapists that obtain encoded confirmation. The story about the fiancé’s abandonment and betrayal encodes the patient’s unconscious perceptions of the therapist’s immediate intervention, which abandons the patient at her time of need. An interpretation of a patient’s unconscious perception of a therapist’s missed intervention will also obtain encoded confirmation. Thus, patients deeply unconsciously experience therapists who use these interventions as attempting to take flight from deeper and more powerful meanings that, at their core, pertain to the therapist on the basis of his or her most frame-related interventions.