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On the last track, we discussed deciding about sex. This included five negative consequences and five positive consequences.
On this track, we will discuss being in love. This will include choice, giving, closeness, trust, caring, responsibility, respect, delight and self-awareness.
As you are aware, we live in a society where love and sex are important topics. That is easy to notice when we examine the themes of books, videos, movies, music, magazine stories, television shows, and even advertising. Would you agree that love is also portrayed much of the time in very unrealistic ways? Love is often made to seem simple and uncomplicated.
Once the love conflict in the story line is resolved, the couple lives happily ever after without having to work at love again. As many of us can testify, love is usually entered into with great hopes and expectations and promises, yet hardly any human venture ends in failure as often as does love.
As you listen to the rest of this track, think of a client with whom you might have this discussion. At what point do you violate the ethical boundary between advice giving and client self determination?
Sarah, age 17, came to me regarding being in love. Sarah stated, “I’ve been dating this guy for a while now, and I really enjoy being with him, but lately I’ve been asking myself, ‘Do I love him?’ If you’ve never been in love before, how can you tell? Am I ready to take the next step in our relationship, if that step means sex?”
I asked Sarah to think about what it meant to be in love. Here is, in essence, what I conveyed to Sarah over a period of several sessions. You might play this track for your client in an upcoming session who is thinking about what it means to be in love and if that means he or she is ready for sex.
Nine Elements of Being in Love
Element #1 - Choice
Element #2 - Giving
Element #3 - Closeness
Element #4 - Trust
Element #5 - Caring
Element #6 - Responsibility
Instead it is a willingness to be responsive to another human being. The other side of responsibility is letting our needs be known to those who love us, so that they can then respond.
Element #7 - Respect
Element #8 - Delight
Do you have a Sarah who might benefit from hearing this track?
On this track, we have discussed being in love. This has included choice, giving, closeness, trust, caring, responsibility, respect, delight and self-awareness. Regarding ethical issues, especially if your client is of the opposite gender, care must be taken that this discussion of love not be construed as the therapist feelings towards the client. Prior to this discussion you might decide upon setting a boundary regarding an appropriate level of self-disclosure to use with the client.
On the next track, we will discuss six kinds of love. These will include humankind, God, someone to help, parents, oneself, sexual longing, and where sex fits.
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