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The man who can smile when things go wrong has thought of someone he can blame it on.

—Jones's Law

People frequently find it convenient and easy to place blame on others for their behavior, and this tendency becomes a compromising factor in understanding and clarifying client functioning in counseling. Various instances occur in the therapeutic experience in which a client shifts pent-up feelings toward other persons who are in vulnerable positions. For example, when ridiculed by his peers in school, a student goes home and picks on his younger brother and destroys furnishings in his home. In another instance, a young parent, feeling trapped in her small apartment, begins to take her feelings out on her two young children. Clients may also find relief from ...

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