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you are right - knowing when to play the "logic" card and when to just shut your mouth is an art for us as therapists. well, and in "real life", too. a well-known situation, of course, is when assisting women in abusive relationships. the woman often knows better than we do that logically, there is no reason for her to stay in the relationship. but her emotional history tells her a different story. in fact, it often seems to me that being at least a bit more logical in our decisionmaking is not so much part of the process of therapy but almost more part of the outcome. (except for those people who come into our offices whose problems stem from being hyperrational!)

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