By Bradford Keeney

The elemental predicament of psychotherapy is swap. whereas practitioners are always greeted with new suggestions, options, courses, and interventions, this e-book argues that the entire advantages of the healing approach can't be discovered with out primary revision of the idea that of switch itself. utilising cybernetic idea to kinfolk treatment, Bradford P. Keeney demonstrates that traditional epistemology, during which reason and impact have a linear dating, doesn't sufficiently accommodate the reciprocal nature of causation in adventure. Written in an unconventional kind that comes with tales, case examples, and imagined dialogues among an epistemologist and a skeptical therapist, the quantity provides a philosophically grounded, ecological framework for modern medical perform.

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32). , Korzybski, 1973) have demonstrated, language is a tool for imposing distinctions upon our world. Given a language system, w e make choices regarding the patterns we discern. Thus a therapist can choose to indicate or punctuate his unit of treatment as an individual or a family organization or to see it from a perspective that makes the individual-family distinction irrelevant. T h e formal study of the ways people punctuate their experience becomes a method for identifying their epistemology.

In other words, what we perceive always follows from an act of making a distinction. As Heinz von Foerster (1973b) has put it, "If you desire to see, learn to act" (p. 45). T h e starting point of epistemology is therefore an observer drawing distinctions in order to observe. W h a t an observer observes can be described. Here an interesting situation arises—namely, descriptions are themselves the drawing of distinctions upon what w e observe. A recursion thus enters: W e draw distinctions in order to observe and subsequently, we draw distinctions in order to describe what w e observe.

T h efinalchapter, entitled "An Aesthetic Base for Family Therapy," demonstrates an aesthetic approach to contextualizing our thinking about action in therapy. T h e pathologies of conscious purpose and manipulation unaided by aesthetic principles are illuminated and the relation of technique, practice, and art are discussed. T h e reader m a y discover that each chapter is in fact a different way of saying the same thing. Each road leads to an epistemology appropriate for the aesthetics of change.

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