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Uncommon Therapy: The Psychiatric Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. Short Essay - Answer Key

Jay Haley
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What does Jay Haley remark about Erickson's contribution to the progression of psychotherapy in the beginning of the book?

Jay Haley explains that the psychotherapy efforts of Erickson have grown in their popularity since late in Erickson's lifetime. Haley also explains how an important condition changed during Erickson's life. This was the development and introduction into therapies of "family orientation."

2. What is Erickson's approach to "family orientation"?

Here, the individual is viewed within the context of the family, and counseling that takes place often includes aspects that have been most strongly imprinted and influenced by familial dynamics. In fact, it is often the case that the work the clients are in therapy to do is to improve their relations with self and other family members.

3. When was hypnosis introduced to the psychiatric community and why?

During the 1950s, there was still debate about how to facilitate desirable change in patients. Hypnosis is described as a special way of communicating. Voluntary and involuntary behavior is discussed to show how therapeutic techniques transform an individual into being able to perform certain new behaviors.

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