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Patients as subjects

Language: English
Country: Italy
Typology: health care professionals
In my work as psychologist, narration and empathic listening are of fundamental importance for the deep understanding of patient experiences. The type of dominant culture in health institutions we are immersed in daily (I work in a service for Pathological Addictions) inevitably penetrates us, influencing the way we relate to patients. Sometimes I only offer patients an “institutionalized” listening, which is objectifying and not empathic. Every time I became aware of having uncritically absorbed that “culture”, I was able to value patient narrations, tune into their needs, consider them “subjects”, protagonists of a care process and not “passive objects”. At the same time, becoming aware and co-protagonist of a therapeutic process (rather than anonymous performer) I felt my work became more personal, creative and satisfying.

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