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This is a question mainly for practicing clinical psychologists, counselors (LPCs), or other mental health professionals:

To what extent would you say correcting incoherence, inconsistencies, or contradictions between your patient's beliefs, values, thoughts, emotions, feelings, and behaviors is a part of your practice?

Some examples of what I mean:

  1. Someone states a desire to lose weight, but then regularly cheats on their diet. They feel guilty for doing so, but continue on anyway.
  2. Someone believes in the right to life but also supports capital punishment without being able to explain away the apparent contradiction.
  3. Someone values the commitments they made to their work, but is disloyal to the commitments they made to their spouse.

I recognize that these are overly simplistic examples, but they illustrate the point of the question.

Specifically, is helping to illuminate inconsistencies a large part of your therapeutic practice, a fair to moderate part of your practice, or no large part of your practice at all?

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