Uncommon Therapy: The Psychiatric Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Jay Haley
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Book 1, Uncommon Therapy : Chapter 1, Preface & Strategic Therapy

• Chapter 1 is "Strategic Therapy": the clinician is the one who initiates events within the context of therapy and does so to achieve specific ends.

• During the 1950s, there was still debate about how to facilitate desirable change in patients; hypnosis is described as a special way of communicating.

• The first heading is "Encouraging Resistance", wherein, the individual in therapy is re-educated to view resistance as a form of cooperation in its own right.

• "Providing a Worse Alternative" is also used for negative reinforcement and as a means to redirect patients.

• "Encouraging a Relapse" is shown to help work out residual resistance to desirable changes.

• "Encouraging a Response by Frustrating It" shows how Erickson gets the husband to enter therapy just to straighten out the therapist.

• "Emphasizing the Positive" is rooted in two ideas: that at least many unconscious motives are beneficial...

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