The Stone Boy and the Crazy Lady: The Understanding and Regulation of Affect in Clinical Teaching

Johanna Shapiro, PhD

Most clinicians and teachers in the field of family medicine are aware of the pragmatic and philosophical difficulties involved in teaching how to understand and manage affect in residents. Detailed, hermeneutic analysis of efforts in this area can help us understand how attention to affect can be cultivated in a teaching context. The supervision of two residents dealing with an affectively intense clinical situation is described.

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