une lecture particulière de certains rapports interpersonnels

English translation: a particular way of interpreting/reading certain interpersonal relationships

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French term or phrase:une lecture particulière de certains rapports interpersonnels
English translation:a particular way of interpreting/reading certain interpersonal relationships
Entered by: Paul Jones

11:14 Aug 3, 2018
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Medical - Psychology
French term or phrase: une lecture particulière de certains rapports interpersonnels
I'm translating a psychiatric report about a man who doesn't get on his with his manager. The report says that the man has "une lecture particulière de certains rapports interpersonnels", which I've translated as "an unusual way of interpreting certain interpersonal relationships". Not sure if that's an accurate translation however.

Here's the context:

Les informations sont insuffisantes pour conclure à un trouble de la personnalité avéré. Toutefois, le patient présente une sensibilité et une réactivité exagérées envers des décisions de gestion, dans son milieu de travail. La nature et l’intensité de ses réactions traduisent qu’il adopte une lecture particulière de certains rapports interpersonnels.

Here's my translation so far:

There is insufficient information to conclude that the patient has a personality disorder. However, he does seem overly sensitive to his manager’s decisions. The nature and intensity of his reactions to his manager’s decisions indicate that he has an unusual way of interpreting certain interpersonal relationships.
Paul Jones
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:23
a particular way of interpreting/reading certain interpersonal relationships
Explanation:
I think that, given the context, you need to be careful to guard against the risk of over-translation or anything that is more emphatic or potentially dismissive than the source text. The problem is that "particulière" is such a slippery word, with so many alternative translations.

The preceding information: "sensibilité et une réactivité exagérées (...) La nature et l’intensité de ses réactions" might suggest a stronger term than "particular", e.g. "distinctive", "in his own way", but I'd err on the side of using the most neutral term possible and letting the reader draw their conclusions from that previous information.
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B D Finch
France
Local time: 13:23
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4 +2a particular way of interpreting/reading certain interpersonal relationships
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a particular way of interpreting/reading certain interpersonal relationships


Explanation:
I think that, given the context, you need to be careful to guard against the risk of over-translation or anything that is more emphatic or potentially dismissive than the source text. The problem is that "particulière" is such a slippery word, with so many alternative translations.

The preceding information: "sensibilité et une réactivité exagérées (...) La nature et l’intensité de ses réactions" might suggest a stronger term than "particular", e.g. "distinctive", "in his own way", but I'd err on the side of using the most neutral term possible and letting the reader draw their conclusions from that previous information.

B D Finch
France
Local time: 13:23
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PRO pts in category: 11

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  philgoddard: Yes, I wouldn't say "unusual".
1 hr
  -> Thanks Phil. No, it's potentially too negative.

agree  Nikki Scott-Despaigne: Neutrality is probably the order of the day.
1 hr
  -> Thanks Nikki
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