The Ingratiating Patient

The ingratiating patient attempts to please the interviewer. Such patients believe that they must provide the ''right'' answers to satisfy the interviewer. They think that if they answer a question in a way that arouses the disapproval of the interviewer, the interviewer will abandon them. Intense feelings of possible rejection are present in this type of patient. The interviewer must recognize that anxiety is the cause of the patient's behavior and should try not to respond to that behavior. The interviewer should recognize the patient's tendency of trying to please and should stress to the patient how important it is to be accurate.

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