Year: 1987 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (20th: 1987: San Francisco), p.422-423 SIEC No: 19880898

In this summary, the author uses 4 cases to illustrate the apparent benefit of communicating rage to the suicidal patient. In 3 of the 4 cases, rage was effectively communicated & the patient’s behavior & commitment to therapy improved. The therapist must learn to experience & accept his anger & to tell the patient in a manner that communicates on 2 levels: 1) expresses anger with the behavior 2) acknowledges the reality of the relationship & the therapist’s willingness to continue. (GW)