The invaluable BPS Research Digest reports on a study by Christoph Flückiger and Martin Grosse Holtforth which found that getting therapists to focus on a client’s strengths for just ten minutes before the first five sessions of psychotherapy (an example of resource priming) improved relationships with the client, and led to greater improvements by session 20.

So, what implications would this have for managers wanting to get the best from their teams, customer-facing staff who want to improve their interactions with customers, or sales people who want to deepen their relationships with their prospects?

The abstract of the study is here: Focusing the therapist’s attention on the patient’s strengths: a preliminary study to foster a mechanism of change in outpatient psychotherapy

Therapy works better when therapists focus on client’s strengths

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