of are examples of small circles.

However, certain words with denotations clients consciously use to convey meaning also carry connotations or affective associations of which they may be unaware. Some words convey meaning laden with subtle, emotionally tinged nuances. A client who says that she wants to work on her relationship with her father, for example, may simply mean her biological father.

If yes, in favour of what alternative hypothesis?

(Note that all of the example questions/hypotheses thus far have been relational).
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Nondirectional Hypotheses - SAGE Research Methods

Note 7. Therapists are wise to decode their feelings of being punished in order to uncover their possible anger-base even though they can explain neither the exact nature of the punishment nor the reason for it. It may be that in punishing their therapists, clients are asking them to respond positively to a negative experience. They are hoping to revise their beliefs about themselves and their interpersonal worlds through witnessing their therapists return good for evil. On the other hand, therapists’ feelings of being punished may stem from their being taken for granted, used, or even abused. They may resent having to give precious time to clients whose issues seem mundane in comparison with the horrific problems of other clients. After therapists have worked with sexual abuse victims or have been victimized themselves, for example, they may find it difficult to appreciate clients’ distress resultant from a relatively minor setback such as receiving a poor essay grade. ()

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The role of induction is expanding knowledge, whereas deduction’s role is “transmitting truth” (Giere 1979). Deductive reasoning scrutinizes the study design and identifies associations which are not empirically true, but just logically true. Such associations are not a matter of fact, but logical necessities. For example, a selection bias occurs when the exposed group is selected among ill people (as when we start a cohort study recruiting as “exposed” to vinyl chloride a cluster of liver angiosarcoma cases) or when the unexposed group is selected among healthy people. In both instances the association which is found between exposure and disease is necessarily (logically) but not empirically true (Vineis 1991).

Other examples could be intelligence level of participants, age of participants, temperature, etc.
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13/09/2016 · How to Write a Hypothesis

There are several advantages to categorizing individual exposures in as much detail as possible. Clearly, the informativeness of a study will be enhanced to the extent that the relevant exposures have been adequately described. Secondly, the credibility of the findings may be increased because the potential for confounding can be addressed more satisfactorily. For example, referents and exposed individuals will differ as to exposure status, but may also differ relative to other measured and unmeasured explanatory factors for the disease of interest. However, if an exposure gradient can be established within the study population, it is less likely that the same degree of confounding will persist within exposure subgroups, thus strengthening the overall study findings.

Directional and Non-Directional Hypotheses

It is an important statement as the purpose of empirical research is to reject or disprove the null hypothesis, and so lend support to the prediction made in one of the experimental hypotheses.


These tend to be 1 or 2 mark questions focused on showing you understand how to identify and operationalise variables, and how to write an hypothesis.

should you want to specify a non-directional hypothesis, ..

Self-monitoring during the fourth task, hypotheses-forming, is necessary because therapists must decide whether they are spending a sufficient amount of time and effort to hypothesize reasonably well. Though they may not be sure of what is transpiring, they must come up with at least probable explanations.

directional hypothesis and non-directional Hypothesis.

Sharing the hypotheses that she derived from decoding, the therapist learned that her interpretation of the transference was also accurate. Had she not done her own decoding, she would have never realized that she too, was harming her client.