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Title: The importance of self-awareness in psychiatric nursing
Authors: Borg, Joseph
Keywords: Psychiatric nursing
Self-consciousness (Awareness)
Nurse and patient
Issue Date: 1996
Publisher: University of Malta. Department of Psychiatry
Citation: Borg, J. (1996). The importance of self-awareness in psychiatric nursing. In P. Muscat (Ed.), Psychiatric practice and related disciplines in Malta (pp. 64-67). Malta: University of Malta, Dept. of Psychiatry.
Abstract: In working with the mentally ill, it is important for the nurse to be aware of him/herself. The degree of therapeutic use he/she makes of self (which affects patients getting better or not) is based on his/her acknowledgement and understanding of own feelings and behaviour. The amount of self awareness, through own thoughts, feelings and actions, will reflect the congruity of how the nurse sees himself and how "the significant" others see him. It is not necessary to see himself as others see him, but is important to be aware of both perceptions. This is by no means an easy process, since the self cannot be spontaneously discovered or dramatically unmased (Stuart & Sewdeen, 1983).
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