Others reactions to the expression of hope

When other listen and hear the expression of hope in relationship to the illness it is very easy for the expression to be judged. For instance, it is possible for health care professionals to question if a transcendent expression of hope and embracement of what has happened is just a façade (Soundy et al., 2013). It is also possible for health care professionals to consider stories that place an emphasis on being restored by or through medicine as unrealistic and not accepting a condition or being in denial (Soundy, Smith, Cressy and Webb, 2010). Alternatively, it is possible an expression of despair is frowned upon and considered as a socially unacceptable response to illness (Little and Sayers, 2004). Health care professionals can be very attuned to what is realistic based on their own experience. One of the main reasons for this is because Health care professionals understand the importance a realistic expression of hope to prevent an individual not meeting a goal established (Soundy, Smith, Butler, Minns Lowe, Dawes and Winward, 2010). One of the problems of using terms like realistic, is that focuses on a pure outcome at the end rather than understanding the process of living, it infers that there is a right goal to achieve and therefore also wrong goal that is being set and it is illustrative a judgement of an expression. One of the key tenants of this book is to step away from judgment of expressions of hope to allow opportunity to understand the expression more. Reasons for doing this can be considered on three levels: (a) there is a need to be aware of the context and factors which influence the expression of hope and (b) expression of hope is relative and needs to be considered within the context of the paradox of chronic illness (c) the understanding of psychological adaptation may be limited when making a judgement of the expression of hope.