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Sympathetic Care

By Lauren Cubellis

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Cubellis, Lauren. 2020. “Sympathetic Care”. Cultural Anthropology 35 (1):14–22. https://doi.org/10.14506/ca35.1.03.

Abstract

German clinicians working with psychiatric crises employ an alternative therapy called Open Dialogue to excavate the family histories and interpersonal relationships of their clients. In learning to do this, they perform role-play exercises in which familial narratives are imagined and improvised. Through this process, they develop an embodied practice in which they attune to misalignments in the network through words.

Keywords

care; dialogism; psychiatric crisis