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My repsonse depends on tone, body language, and context. I try to use the "clarify and confront", and I usually say thank you if it is a polite compliment. I usually try to interpret it if they tolerate the redirect. I find that the interpretations, if they are even 30% accurate, are negatively reinforcing enough, and can even move things forward. Patients who rely on classically neurotic defenses warm up if some openly sexual talk is tolerated. Patients with externalizing or impulsive defenses are deflated by an interpretation that shifts the issue back to their work, marriage, personal conflicts

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