By Milton H. Erickson, Jay Hayley
If you possibly can ask Milton Erickson something one needs approximately how you can swap humans, the outcome will be those conversations. The vigorous discussions are in regards to the uncomplicated matters within the medical box and are necessary to the schooling of any therapist at the present time. those conversations came about over a interval of 17 years and have been recorded as a part of Gregory Bateson's undertaking on communique and remedy. Bateson is fascinated about those conversations, which have been essentially carried out by way of Jay Haley and John Weakland who have been focusing on the examine of Erickson's method of fixing human beings.
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The family physician got frightened and apologized for ever allowing him to become a barbiturate addict. He sent him to me. I asked the old man if he really wanted to get over his insomnia, if he really wanted to get over his drug addicton. He said he did and he was very honest and very sincere. I told him he could do it easily. In taking his history I learned he lived in a large house, with hardwood floors, and that he did most of the cooking and the dishwashing, while the son did the housework, especially the waxing of the floors which the old man hated.
I find now there are examples of those who can't do things, but also people who can do them at times. Now this twin who blocks can, at times, not block, and at other times he blocks. So it isn't that he doesn't know that he can do something without blocking. He does know this. E: This arithmetical progression is so easily comprehended by patients. Sometimes with the insomnias I ask if there is anything wrong in believing that they slept one second longer than they actually did. One second longer tonight, two seconds longer tomorrow night.
On a very dark night, with the curtains drawn and the lights out, undress and stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself, and you can't possibly see yourself in the nude. " You've got them to do it and they can't possibly do it, and they've done the thing they can't possibly do. (Laughter) So you've put a completely different construction on it. H: Yes. E: Once they go through that, they agree it is a silly thing to do; they might as well do it with the lights on the next time. H: Well, I saw her husband.