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    • #30581
      Melinda Cocolas
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      Can anyone advise me on some resources for working with a client with ruminations about revenge?

    • #30583
      Terry MooreTerry Moore
      Participant

      Melinda,

      Hmm – perhaps the place to start is to consider to what degree you are concerned about the client’s potential for dangerousness.

      Psychological testing and/or psychiatric assessment? Sit down with your supervisor and sift through the case?

    • #30584
      Melinda Cocolas
      Participant

      Yes, definitely good ideas. Thank you.

    • #30594
      Celine MonifCeline Monif
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      My first question is whether your client has to work/interact with this person regularly (coworker?) or is it someone they can avoid? Second, is there some inherent reward to the revenge rumination (fantasy/satisfaction)? Otherwise I have heard of a few books mentioned in the past, although I have not read them. The first on is “Dealing with People You Can’t Stand”, a self-help book but more for the motivated. The other is “People Can’t Drive You Crazy If You Don’t Give Them the Keys”, told there was a Christian undertone to it (again, have not read them).

      IF you have a really good rapport, maybe try confronting it? While doing family therapy, I once used a “speak and repeat” toy to replay a father’s words back to him when he engaged in juvenile revenge fantasies (high squeaky voice from a fuzzy hamster). He got a good laugh (client had a sarcastic sense of humor), said it sounded like something his child would say, and was able to recognize how irrational his comments sounded/poor role model for child – but definitely not for everyone.

    • #30596
      Melinda Cocolas
      Participant

      Thank you, Celine,
      I have tried to post some resources I found as well – three times now, but for some reason that post never seems to show up. I just tried again, in which case, maybe it will show up yet, but just in case, I am posting this thank you without any links, too.
      Melinda

    • #30597
      Celine MonifCeline Monif
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      You’re welcome. I’ll try to get someone to look at the site since the links are not popping up.

    • #30599
      Terry MooreTerry Moore
      Participant

      I couldn’t post a message that contained a link either. puzzling.

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