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The Language of Change : Elements of Therapeutic Communication - Paul Watzlawick

The Language of Change

Elements of Therapeutic Communication

Paperback Published: 1st July 1993
ISBN: 9780393310207
Number Of Pages: 192

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Although communications emerging in therapy are ascribed to the mind's unconscious, dark side, they are habitually translated in clinical dialogue into the supposedly therapeutic language of reason and consciousness. But, Dr. Watzlawick argues, it is precisely this bizarre language of the unconscious which holds the key to those realms where alone therapeutic change can take place.

Dr. Watzlawick suggests that rather than following the usual procedure of interpreting the patient's communications and thereby translating them into the language of a given psychotherapeutic theory, the therapist must learn the patient's language and make his or her interventions in terms that are congenial to the patient's manner of conceptualizing reality. Only in that way, he shows, can the therapist effectively bring about genuine changes and problem resolutions. Drawing on the work of Milton H. Erickson, he supports his findings with many (and often amusing) examples.

This book, then, is a virtual introductory course to the grammar and language of the unconscious.

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Lucid, responsible, and tremendously enriching.--Neil Postman

ISBN: 9780393310207
ISBN-10: 0393310205
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st July 1993
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.83 x 13.97  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.16

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