Year: 1978 Source: Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, v.15, no.1, (Spring 1978), p.434-437 SIEC No: 19832244

A child is described whose fears permitted him to communicate his thoughts and feelings only in the form of hints. He was thus able to isolate the experience of communication itself. Since conventional open interpretation tended to destroy this essential defense, it was necessary for the therapist to respond in an analogous non-explicit manner. With this approach, the child became able to weep and seek reassurance against a profound suicidal despair.