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The nurse-client relationship is a mutual learning experience and a corrective emotional experience for the client. The terms ‘learning’ and ‘corrective’ imply a change in the participants’ behaviour. Because the prospect of change is threatening, the skilful nurse provides a climate for the client that is conducive to expressing feelings at every step in the course of the nurse-client relationship. Both positive and negative feelings are appreciated; both are put into the service of the problem-solving venture other than being allowed to impede it. To the extent that this occurs, the nurse-client collaborative efforts further the experience of each participant.