What does it mean? Response shift occurs as part of the adjustment process in that people are able to change their priorities and expectations so that they come into line with their changed circumstances.
How to help? Discussion re: preferred type of support, who can provide it & how to get it Discuss feelings of inadequacy & alienation Reinforce experiences where others have been available & trustworthy
How to help continued Provide opportunity to consider positive effects of crisis Expand coping repertoire Discuss how illness is viewed in terms of controllability Explore family support
How to help continued Focus on positive areas of life & set goals in areas that are valued and going well Provide information about how life will be during & after treatment Use externalization and re-internalization
More info… Taylor, Shelley & Lobel, Marci. “Social Comparison activity under threat: Downward evaluation and upward contacts”. Psychological Review, V96 (4), 1989, pp. 569-575.
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