* 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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