WHAT IS THE SIMILARITY IN MENTAL HEALTH?
Research has consistently found that perceived similarities in terms of such
things as age, interests, personality, and education
are a good indicator of increased attraction in both short and long-term
relationships. Most significant have been findings with regard to similarities
of attitudes, beliefs and values (Byrne et al., 1986). Other research (Cattell
and Nesselrode, 1967) has shown that those with more similar personalities are
likely to have more successful partnerships
Sometimes people fool themselves into thinking that many similarities
exist where they don’t. The relationship counsellor can work on these areas.
Most studies have been inconclusive with regard to similarities in the
client and counsellor on the dimension of age, sex and ethnicity, and therapy
outcomes. The only significant findings have been with regard to similarities
in values. Here, studies have shown a positive outcome on therapeutic results for
such things as wisdom, intellectual pursuits, honesty and knowledge. It may…
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