Q1) Self Awareness is “having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions.” (Anonymous, “Self Awareness: creating happiness…,"2012)
At a heightened level, helps the helper to develop insight as a tool of self-regulation in dealing with the “open and intimate” disclosures that would be a feature in the therapeutic relationships between the client and helper. Martin, A. (2010)
As we examine the effectiveness of counter-transference the key point is to look at the impact of it on the helper and client which Gale Cengage states aptly:
“this concept is used in two different ways: on the one hand, as a defensive position on the part of the analyst, who must take care to remain as much as possible a projective surface, a mirror, for the patient's transference, and on the other, as a position in which the personality of the analyst, most notably his or her emotions, is engaged in the transferential/counter-transferential dynamic on the basis of a more three-dimensional conception of the transference.”(Cengage, 2005)
I concur with what Cengage stated above and would like to bring the co-relation between “Self Awareness” and “Counter-transference” relates back to the effectiveness of the Helping relationship. They can both enhance or hinder the helping process which I would put as ‘equal slices of the same cake’ rather than ‘different sides of the same coin’ since the whole idea is to get these two processes to work in tandem rather than against each other.
The usefulness of “Counter-transference” is often diluted by the prominent definition of it triggers the counselor’s personal emotive responses when the client relates issues that the counselor himself struggles to deal with making it difficult for the counselor to retain neutrality.
However, while acknowledging this concern -a skilled helper’s self -awareness of this would propel him to use this as a tool to unravel the client’s...