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November 29, 2009


Nick Heap

Very interesting. In re-evaluation counselling theory and practice www.rc.org yawning is one of the natural ways of discharging painful emotion (that include laughing, sweating, shaking ,crying, storming and talking). I have often found I yawn a lot when I am being listened to profoundly and this helps me think more clearly. Your post suggests how this might work. Thanks.


Thanks very much, Nick. I will take a look at re-evaluation counseling therapy. Sounds interesting.

Amanda Bucklow, London

I already do encourage yawning (or at the very least make a positive comment when someone yawns and looks embarrassed) for exactly this reason. I also try to pepper the 'waiting' moments with interesting snippets about how the brain works. It is amazing how many times people will then feed those back to me during difficult sessions which is a rewarding indicator of an increased sense of awareness of their own needs and of others.

I always enjoy your posts Stephanie. Thanks for the constant stream of great thoughts and insights.

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