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The Language of Change: Elements of Therapeutic Communication Paul Watzlawick

The Language of Change: Elements of Therapeutic Communication

Paul Watzlawick

Published December 31st 1978
ISBN : 9780465037926
Paperback
172 pages
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In this groundbreaking book, a world authority on human communication and communication therapy points out a basic contradiction in the way therapists use language.Although communications emerging in therapy are ascribed to the minds unconscious,MoreIn this groundbreaking book, a world authority on human communication and communication therapy points out a basic contradiction in the way therapists use language.Although communications emerging in therapy are ascribed to the minds 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 patients communications and thereby translating them into the language of a given psychotherapeutic theory, the therapist must learn the patients language and make his or her interventions in terms that are congenial to the patients 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.