therapeutic use of self


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self

 [self]
1. a term used to denote an animal's own antigenic constituents, in contrast to “nonself” (which denotes foreign antigenic constituents). The self constituents are metabolized without antibody formation, whereas the antigens that are nonself are eliminated through the immune response mechanism. It has been postulated that there is a mechanism of “self recognition” that enables the organism to distinguish between self and nonself. See also immunity.
2. the complete being of an individual, comprising both physical and psychological characteristics, and including both conscious and unconscious components. The concept of self is central to the jungian personality theory. See also Jung.
therapeutic use of self the ability to use theory, experiential knowledge, and self-awareness, and to explore one's impact on others.

therapeutic use of self

thoughtful and deliberate use of one's personality, opinions, and judgments as a component of the therapeutic process.

therapeutic use of self

A health care provider's use of verbal and nonverbal communication, emotional exchange, and other aspects of his or her personality to establish a relationship with the patient that promotes cooperation and healing.