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Unformatted text preview: ure way. If he disobeys and stays immature, he fails. If he acts more maturely, he is being an obedient child in a mother-child relationship, and he fails again. Since neither response is rewarded, the child is in a double bind. If, however, mother and son spontaneously find themselves relating to one another more as adults, the son’s new behaviors are rewarded. This injunction, then, was a simple bind, and the two have transformed their relationship with a creative leap. Stress, development, and change cannot be avoided. When seeing families in treatment, Hoffman suggests a radical departure from models that support homeostasis. Instead, the therapist should expect – even welcome – crises as opportunities to foster creative transformations. The knowledgeable clinician…will know that these behaviors are expectable concomitants of family change. He or she will seek to disrupt the homeostatic sequence that forms about a symptom so that pressure for change will be allowed to build and a transformation will hopefully take place that makes the presence of a symptom unnecessary (p. 67, emphasis added). Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) This model has its roots in the works of Gregory Bateson, Milton Erickson and Virginia Satir. It evolved from Richard Bandler and John Grinder’s extensive study of audiotapes and movies of Satir and Erickson’s clinical work. NLP Chapter 4: Strategic & Systemic examines the relationship between language and reality, following the ideas of Alfred Korzybski, “A map is not the territory it represents, but, if correct, it has similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness” (Korzybski, 1958, p. 58). The NLP model attends to how language reflects a person’s ability to change or not to change. Through the structure of language, concepts such as generalizations, deletions, and constraints emerge which shape belief systems and life choices. The NLP therapist carefully assesses the structures found in a person’s language of experience. Then he/she initiates therapeutic conversations and techniques, similar...
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