How To Be Biased
Admit it; you’re biased! Maybe you’ve learned that as a counselor you’re not supposed to have biases, but that’s just not possible. If you’re alive, you’re biased. Since you’re going to be biased anyway, you might as well choose how to be biased.
The most important thing to do about your biases is to be aware of them. Awareness makes it possible to make use of your biases in helpful and enriching ways. When a bias arises in the course of your work with someone, there are three particularly worthwhile ways to respond:
- Admit your bias
- Thwart the bias
- Consider alternatives
Each of these responses makes something available that enriches the counseling relationship.