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Although communications emerging in therapy are ascribed to the mind's 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 ta Although communications emerging in therapy are ascribed to the mind's 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 patient's communications and thereby translating them into the language of a given psychotherapeutic theory, the therapist must learn the patient's language and make his or her interventions in terms that are congenial to the patient's 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.


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Although communications emerging in therapy are ascribed to the mind's 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 ta Although communications emerging in therapy are ascribed to the mind's 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 patient's communications and thereby translating them into the language of a given psychotherapeutic theory, the therapist must learn the patient's language and make his or her interventions in terms that are congenial to the patient's 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.

30 review for The Language of Change: Elements of Therapeutic Communication

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marco Svevo

    Il Gozzano che non ti aspetti: "Guai se non si completasse col sogno il magro piacere che la realtà ci concede". La psicoterapia si occupa del cambiamento. Change. La pag. 48, l'esperimento del ratto che annega e il satori zen. Boom. Die Untergangsters des Abendlandes e Die Leiden der jungen Wörter semplicemente geniali. La favolosa pagina 61: "rideva per liberare il suo spirito dalla prigionia del suo spirito" (J. Joyce). Il libro migliora decisamente verso la fine (dopo i 2/3, diciamo): guarda caso Il Gozzano che non ti aspetti: "Guai se non si completasse col sogno il magro piacere che la realtà ci concede". La psicoterapia si occupa del cambiamento. Change. La pag. 48, l'esperimento del ratto che annega e il satori zen. Boom. Die Untergangsters des Abendlandes e Die Leiden der jungen Wörter semplicemente geniali. La favolosa pagina 61: "rideva per liberare il suo spirito dalla prigionia del suo spirito" (J. Joyce). Il libro migliora decisamente verso la fine (dopo i 2/3, diciamo): guarda caso a partire proprio dal concetto di doppio legame. La soluzione è il problema. Genio

  2. 4 out of 5

    JenBen

    Man, that first chapter was a beast but now it's gotten very interesting... Man, that first chapter was a beast but now it's gotten very interesting...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gabriella

    Watzlawick riesce a fare sintesi su un tema vasto, complesso e determinante come il linguaggio, partendo e tornando al setting terapeutico, per fornire elementi chiave funzionali negli scambi quotidiani. Il merito dell'autore, e più in generale della scuola di Palo Alto, è quello di aver spogliato di quell'aura mistica e ingessata il processo terapeutico, spostando finalmente l'attenzione sull'azione e fornendo così per la prima volta alla persona che chiede aiuto la possibilità di saggiare la p Watzlawick riesce a fare sintesi su un tema vasto, complesso e determinante come il linguaggio, partendo e tornando al setting terapeutico, per fornire elementi chiave funzionali negli scambi quotidiani. Il merito dell'autore, e più in generale della scuola di Palo Alto, è quello di aver spogliato di quell'aura mistica e ingessata il processo terapeutico, spostando finalmente l'attenzione sull'azione e fornendo così per la prima volta alla persona che chiede aiuto la possibilità di saggiare la propria capacità d'essere protagonista e responsabile del proprio cambiamento.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Noebonaerense90

    Después de todo lo que leí de Watzlawick, este es mi libro favorito. Es el más entendible. O quizás es el más entendible por todo lo que leí de Watzlawick antes. “Teoría de la comunicación humana” es tan no su estilo.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ariadna73

    Este libro describe dos teorías del cambio: los grupos y el sentido lógico e ilógico de los cambios. Describe cómo se crean laberintos humanos, y luego hace un intento por aconsejar que el individuo se centre en la totalidad de la vida para así no verse afectado negativamente por el cambio, sino más bien aprovecharse de él para su beneficio.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Bolin

    Very well written and very informative. It is kind of techy in the language though; the author assumes that readers have a basic background in therapy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David Godot

    Fascinating and fun, but not terribly practical

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    Gary

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    Massip94

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    Ana Gonzalez Toledo

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    Paula Robinson

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    Niccolò Parini

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    Julien Gaignerot

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  29. 5 out of 5

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