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    Word "rigid"

    I have tried to use word "rigid" in my sentences, but I am not sure if they sound natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    1.The psychologist described the patient as rigid and threw into question the benefit of psychotherapy.

    or should I use "doubt" and write my sentence like this:

    2. The psychologist described the patient as rigid and doubted the benefit of psychotherapy.

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    Re: Word "rigid"

    I don't find the word "rigid" natural there unless it has some specific meaning that I'm not aware of, used in psychotherapy.

    I prefer sentence #2 because it reads as "The psychotherapist described ... and doubted ...". In sentence #1, it's not the psychologist that threw anything into question - it was the patient being "rigid" that did that.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Word "rigid"

    emsr2d2,

    Oxford Dictionary (printed version) says about "rigid" " (of a person) not willing to change their ideas or behaviour."
    I think it is appropriate to use it in psychotherapy.

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    Re: Word "rigid"

    Each school of psychotherapy has its own, rigorously-defined vocabulary. You can't necessarily apply a word you find in the dictionary to psychotherapy and expect it to mean what the dictionary says.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Word "rigid"

    Fair enough. Just be aware that not every reader will know that and they might think that it means that his body was rigid. You could perhaps use some version of the definition you gave in post #3.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Word "rigid"

    GoesStation,
    I understand what you mean, but if you tell any psychologist or psychotherapist that a patient is rigid, he or she will understand what you mean. The patient is inflexible and it will be difficult to change his ideas, habits and behaviour.

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    Re: Word "rigid"

    As long as your sentence will be read only by psychologists and psychotherapists, then it's fine to leave it as it is.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Word "rigid"

    Maybe the therapist thought he was a tool.

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