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Responding to Client Laughter as Therapeutic Actions in Practice

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posted on 31.03.2021, 03:24 by L Pomeroy, Ann Weatherall
© Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. The widely presumed links between laughter and humour have raised questions about their roles in psychotherapeutic interactions. This study uses conversation analysis to explore client-initiated laughter and different kinds of responses to it. By examining sequences leading up to and following client laughter, we show two distinctive therapeutic actions that are accomplished. When particular lines of therapeutic questioning are being pursued, silence following client laughter functions to prompt further client talk. Client laughter can also build rapport by providing an opportunity for therapists to display that they also find something laughable. Both identified actions support important therapeutic work.

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Preferred citation

Pomeroy, L. & Weatherall, A. (2014). Responding to Client Laughter as Therapeutic Actions in Practice. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 11(4), 420-434. https://doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2014.933919

Journal title

Qualitative Research in Psychology

Volume

11

Issue

4

Publication date

01/01/2014

Pagination

420-434

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

Publication status

Published

Contribution type

Article

Online publication date

26/08/2014

ISSN

1478-0887

eISSN

1478-0895

Language

en