Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Helping our patients who are “extreme thinkers” or “extreme feelers”
Fundamentally speaking, at a transdiagnostic level, in counseling, we often see the “extreme thinking mind folks”, and the “extreme feeling mind folks” who struggle to adapt to their context or environment. In DSM, these folks may get labeled with different things but in essence, it’s an adjustment issue with fight, flight or freeze responses leading to anxious or depressed moods.
If we use this framework in order to help these folks to adapt and thrive better, the ”extreme thinking mind folks” have to learn more about the “feeling mind” and/or find someone who can scaffold for their “blindspot”, and the “extreme feeling mind folks” have to learn more about the “thinking mind” and/or find someone who can scaffold for their “blindspot”.
It’s not uncommon for these two “extremes” to get together and cover for each other’s blindspots.
As Family Doctors, I am sure you have observed those.