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Mentalization with Reservations

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First of all, you might suggest that Stein's article clearly overviews both the applications and limitations of mentalization. Since some theoretical articles within our field often label or herald a counseling strategy or therapeutic intervention as the miracle cure, this article takes a realistic approach in its application to show both pros and cons of mentalization. You might even note how the title strongly implies that mentalization is not foolproof since it suggests, "with reservations."

Next, you might mention that the article first correlates mentalization with narrative coherence by using Main and Goldwyn's theories to explain this connection. By doing so, you might explain how Stein conveys how vital it is to demonstrate empathy in all therapeutic situations. The article also shows the strong benefits of expanding patients' "repertoires of relating."

After reading the article, it is a bit trite ...

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