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Chapter 13: Working with Emotions and Values
“How does that make you feel?” This familiar phrase is probably the most often cited example of a counseling question among the general public and among many practitioners as well. Counseling involves conversations with people about things that deeply matter to them, and when things deeply matter, emotion is close at hand. Johnson (2004) observes, “Emotions, like an internal compass, orient us to our world and provide us with crucial information about the personal significance of events” (p. 65). That significance may not always be clear and unambiguous, but the display of emotions alerts us that something is at stake and deserving of further curiosity.
There are other reasons, too, why emotion plays such an important ...