Bear Spends Time in Our Dreams Now: Magical Thinking and Cultural Empathy in Multicultural Counselling Theory and PracticeCounselling Psychology Quarterly (2010)
Traditional lifeways and thoughtways of ethnocultural clients can impede the success of psychosocial interventions. Frequently hidden from the view of outsiders, traditional belief systems and practices are a source for explanations of various experiences ranging from occurrences of natural phenomena to the cause and treatment of physical and psychological conditions. Magical thinking as it's referred to in the psychiatric literature often is a source of many of the explanations. However, conventional mental health counsellors may view magical thinking as unrealistic and thus an obstruction to intervention. Given this consideration, magical thinking and its relevance for promoting cultural empathy form the major theme of this article. Challenges to the genuineness of an ethnocultural client's magical thinking calls into question a counsellor's cultural sensitivity and competence. Conversely, counsellors who establish a culturally resonant relationship with ethnocultural clients come to realize that magical thinking can dominate their clients’ worldviews. Depending on the counsellor's values and willingness to suspend judgment, in time, respect and rapport can promote cultural empathy and advance the counselling relationship.
- Clinical diagnosis,
- Magical thinking,
- American Indian,
- Cultural measurement equivalence
Citation InformationJoseph E. Trimble, PhD. "Bear Spends Time in Our Dreams Now: Magical Thinking and Cultural Empathy in Multicultural Counselling Theory and Practice" Counselling Psychology Quarterly Vol. 23 Iss. 3 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/joseph_trimble/23/