chapter  21
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Attend to Affect

Emphasize the Patient’s Emotional Words for a Richer History
WithScott A. Simpson, Anna K. McDowell

Patients’ use of emotional words are often clues to deeper content. This chapter demonstrates how the clinician can emphasize the patient’s affect in order to build a therapeutic relationship and obtain a richer history. This technique creates not only a more interesting, fulfilling interview but also helps the clinician more quickly identify the core issues precipitating the visit. Managing pitfalls with this technique is reviewed.