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Therapist Uses Power Moves at the End to Book Next Session

Some time ago, I saw a therapist to see if it's beneficial for self-development.
He was very professional during the session.
But, at the end, I think he used some power moves ...

Him: Would you like to book a session in a few weeks to check how you are doing? (Using open loop persuasion technique)
I have more slots open now if you book in advance. (Principle of scarcity)

Me: I will let you know.

Him: Is that you or the overcontroller speaking? (jester tone)
(referencing something in the therapy session;
I didn't like this because he uses what I shared in the therapy session to shame me)

Me: **smiles**

Looks like therapists uses sales tactics too.

I should have said

Him: Is that you or the overcontroller speaking? (jester tone)
(referencing something in the therapy session;
I didn't like this because he uses what I shared in the therapy session to shame me)

Me: That's why I like you. (judge power move)
Always applying the principles in real-time. (sarcasm to hint that it was out of place)

Lucio Buffalmano has reacted to this post.
Lucio Buffalmano

Nice case study.

I wasn't there to judge, but I don't think I would have liked that.

Another option:

Him: Is that you or the overcontroller speaking?
Me: Good one. Is that you as a therapist, or you as a salesman speaking?

"Good one" preserves the relationship and "hands it to him" that he made a good joke.

The second part though addresses the power dynamics and re-empowers you.

It's a "tit for tat" approach here, but many other techniques could apply.

Matthew Whitewood has reacted to this post.
Matthew Whitewood
Have you read the forum guidelines for effective communication already?
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