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Au-delà de l'ennui: l'effort pour rendre l'autre intéressant [Beyond boredom: the effort to make a patient interesting]

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  • Boredom
  • Depression
  • Emotions
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Psychoanalytic Therapy
  • Self Concept
  • Somatoform Disorders


The doctors' emotional reaction towards the patients has an impact on the doctor-patient relationship. This article focuses on a particular emotion, boredom which is evoked by certain patients. By means of a case vignette, this phenomenon is elucidated and confronted with the psycho-analytical concept of "pensée opératoire", and ways are identified to raise the interest in patients.

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