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  1. It’s typically the case when I watch Milton Erickson or read one of his books that I end up more enlightened than before. In this case – and I don’t know the year this interview was recorded – it strikes me as true that we keep coming up with new theories and this doesn’t change the fact that individuals are individuals.

    “And there will be another one tomorrow.” 🙂

    So cool that Milton didn’t buy into jargon, too! The indirect message of that piece – he’s an individual, too, with his own thoughts, expressed as he sees fit.

    Thanks for posting this.

  2. So relieved to hear those words! And yes, everytime I go to a seminar, conference or other…the impressing the other/s with theory/ies comes up…I love spontaneous, delightful sharing…people, we are individuals and while I just sooo love words, ideas and different ways of thinking/exploring/delights of languaging…I so am filled with gratitude for the people that simply express their mental stimulation about the subject/s presented.

  3. Thanks for sharing this. I wholeheartedly agree with Erickson’s point here. I have sometimes been baffled when people say, “I do CBT” (or any other kind of therapy). How could I possibly know what therapy I will use prior to meeting the patient and understanding his/her problem? Surely I don’t want to try to force a patient to fit my intervention. Rather, I wish to encounter the individual and trust that we will discover what to do next.

    But, in another sense, I do understand the therapist’s dilemma. It is hard to trust that the path to healing will make itself known. So we make up theories and “evidence-based” interventions, hoping that we have, at last, found the method that will always work. Thus, we can place our trust in it and feel “safe”.

    However, to my way of thinking, theories and methods are not where we ought to place our trust. (And that is why people keep making new ones because they discover that the old ones were not all they had hoped them to be.)

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