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Unformatted text preview: ion of the problem and an index of progress. 2. Problems are viewed as faulty interactions among people. 3. Symptoms stem from problems in ordinary family life that have been mishandled and the situation reaches an impasse or crisis. 4. Transitions in the family life cycle are the most vulnerable to the development of problems. Symptoms are likely to develop if people overreact to ordinary difficulties, or if they ignore problems by underemphasizing life’s difficulties. 5. When a problem develops, its continuation and exacerbation are usually the result of a positive feedback loop. The solution that arises in response to a problem simultaneously worsens it. 6. Chronic symptoms are not a defect in the system, but a problem that has been repetitively mishandled. 7. The solution requires an interruption of the positive feedback loops through altering behavior patterns. 8. Paradoxical, seemingly illogical interventions, often succeed in changing the family’s behavior. 9. Change is effected most readily if the goals are relatively small and clearly stated. Change in one part of the system affects change in other parts of the system and may lead to changes in other areas of life. The brief therapy approach is pragmatic. Interventions are based on direct observation in the session about how a behavior functions. Understanding “why” a behavior occurs – insight – is not a goal of therapy. In fact, attending to such inferences may detract from observing the system. The Brief Therapy Center uses a team consisting of observers and a therapist. The team uses a room with a one-way mirror for observation, a telephone connecting the observers with the therapist, and equipment to tape the sessions. The therapist may offer suggestions to the family or the team of observers may Chapter 4: Strategic & Systemic intervene. These therapist-observer interventions have been found helpful in promoting change in even the most resistant or difficult families. The therapist and o...
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