June 3, 2008

Self-disclosure: not recommended in SF

Many coaches and other professional helpers apply some degree of self-disclore. They share some of their own experiences or personal views in order to gain the trust of their clients ('You see? I know what you're talking about, I've been there myself'), or to motivate them ('If I could solve this problem, you can too!'). In solution-focused practise this is not recommended though. In Interviewing for Solutions, Peter De Jong and Insoo Kim Berg write:
"We do not recommend that you tell about your own experiences. The notion behind solution building is that the first place, and usually the only necessary place, to look for solutions is within the client's frame of reference and past experiences. ... we believe [self-disclosure] is unnecessary and impairs clients' ability to build their own solutions."

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