© Helen Lesser 2006
Question: I’m getting a bit stuck when an incident was experienced through something that was physically felt.
Was that an illness that you physically felt? (no)
Whatever it was that you physically felt was that inflicted on you by another person? (no)
Whatever it was that you physically felt was that inflicted on you by yourself? (no)
What could I ask next?
Firstly, people rarely physically feel an illness. If you have chicken pox, you might feel an itch, you might feel hot/feverish, you might feel pain but you don’t ‘feel’ the chicken pox – only the effects of it.
It is very possible that it is the patient’s interpretation of your word ‘inflict’ that is the problem here. It is an emotive word, one which has connotations of
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