Is it Okay to be “Friends” with Our Patients?

By Dr. Russ Rosen | Communications

We hear all the time that we do not want to be “friends” with our patients. That we need to be an “authority” and being their friend ruins it.

Is that the case? I genuinely want to hear from you.

What is the difference between being a friend and being friendly?

What is an authority?

What would be a great “professional relationship?

Can I have a professional relationship, be an authority, and be friendly?

For certain behavioral styles, analyticals or High C’s, it may be very difficult to become friends with their patients. For others, expressives or High I’s, it may be extremely difficult NOT to become friends with their patients.

Personally, I became friends with a lot of my patients and never had a problem! We had a Christmas party and had 150 people there. Nearly all of them were patients and the vast majority were friends.

The fact is what they are looking for is someone they can trust. Become the kahuna, be the mystic, be the amazing healer. That is what they are looking for and they will listen to you and gladly pay for your care.

What have you found to be true?

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