SELECTIVE SILENCE

In psychoanalysis, extended hush implemented by the counselor to produce anxiety which could motivate the patient to talk, consequently starting or resuming conversation in a session.

SELECTIVE SILENCE: "The psychiatrist employed selective silence to get the patient to talk."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SELECTIVE SILENCE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/selective-silence/ (accessed July 14, 2020).
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