Typical Responses To The Intervention

Initially, such an intervention is likely to draw a response of surprise from the men, as if they have been caught off guard. They may ignore or deny the initial interpretation by the therapist or respond with embarrassment that their "ploy" has been "seen through" by the therapist. Veterans as a rule, tend to hold a belief that civilians do not understand how they think, feel, and behave.

Usually, if denial is the first response, then the therapist usually does not have long to wait before the behavior occurs again. The therapist just keeps gently drawing the group member's attention to how he is using humor to avoid feelings.

It is important to remember that avoidance is one of the many symptoms of PTSD and it is important for the therapist to gently keep bringing the men back to these difficult feelings.

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