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Identification with Representations

The counsellor needs special competences to support the client in his identification with all existing internal representations. Why? If, in an internal conflict, you are identified with only one of your self-representations (“Surely this is an opportunity and really no reason to be afraid!”), and not at all with the other (“This coward, I don’t want anything to do with him!”), corresponding one, change cannot happen. That, which you cannot or do not want to say ‘I’ to, is not influenceable either. Usually though, one of the two sides is not so popular with the client (see <a href=””>innere Konflikte</a>). What must the counsellor watch out for though, when assisting the client in also identifying with the less popular self-representation? He must accompany the perception process, which enables the client to experience how he thinks and feels in this representation, how he feels physically, what action impulses exist, what expectations he has of himself and others and how he feels with regard to them. To investigate this awareness is no simple matter, because, for this, the client, also, requires a relatively large number of competences. Therefore, this often takes time. This is indispensable, however, if a real change, beyond better aspirations, is to take place.

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