WHAT IS THE SELF-MONITORING IN MENTAL HEALTH?
This is similar to self-awareness. When self-monitoring it is essential to
strike a balance: too much can result
in the individual losing track of themselves and too little can result in them appearing
to be insensitive to the emotional needs of others. Low self-monitors only tend
to feel the impact of their lack of self-awareness indirectly, whereas those
that they relate to feel it directly.
A counsellor may encourage a high self-monitor to re-discover
their goals and needs, and a low self-monitor to become more self-aware and
hence socially flexible.
The counsellor should also self-monitor as part of his or her personal and professional growth. It is a part of the counsellor’s role to be aware of both the client and him or herself. The counsellor needs to be able to switch attention between self and client whilst simultaneously processing information and applying it to theory. Clearly this is very…
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