[Audio Only] EP90 Invited Address 05a – The Construction of Therapeutic Realities – Paul Watzlawick, Ph.D.
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- Evolution of Psychotherapy | Evolution of Psychotherapy 1990
- Paul Watzlawick, PhD | Cloe Madanes, HDL, LIC
- 1 Hour 28 Minutes
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- Original Program Date :
- Dec 14, 1990
The criterion of reality adaptation as a measure of mental health or pathology is a totally fictitious one, since what reality “really” is remains an arbitrary definition which, in turn, leads to a reification. However, out of these reifications can grow very important practical consequences – both positive and negative ones.
- To become acquainted with the modern constructivist view, according to which realities are not “discovered,” but “invented.”
- To obtain an overview of the importance of this view in our field, especially with regard to the criterion of a person’s “reality adaptation.”
- To show how therapeutic “realities” can be created
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Paul Watzlawick, PhD Related seminars and products: 35
Paul Watzlawick, received his Ph.D. from the University of Venice in 1949. He has an Analyst’s Diploma from the C.G. Jung Institute for Analytic Psychology in Zurich. Watzlawick has practiced psychotherapy for more than 30 years. He was research associate and principal investigator at the Mental Research Institute. He was Clinical Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University Medical Center. Watzlawick is a noted family therapist; he is recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Family Therapy Association. Also, he is author, co-author or editor of eight books on the topics of interactional psychotherapy, human communication and constructivist philosophy.
He formulated five axioms. They are:
- It is not possible to not communicate. Every behavior is some kind of non-verbal communication.
- Every communication has a content. In addition, there is ‘metainformation’, which says how the communicator wants to be understood.
- All partners involved in a communication process also interpret their own behaviour during communication.
- Human communication involves both verbal and non-verbal communication. In addition to the spoken words, there are is also a non-spoken part (gestures, behavior, intonation..) which is part of the communication.
- Communication between humans is either symmetric or complementary. This is based on whether the relationship of those communicating is based on differences or parity.
- Profile at Mental Research Institute.org
Cloe Madanes, HDL, LIC Related seminars and products: 89
Cloé Madanes, HDL, LIC, is a world-renowned innovator and teacher of family and strategic therapy and one of the originators of the strategic approach to family therapy. She has authored seven books that are classics in the field: Strategic Family Therapy; Behind the One-Way Mirror; Sex, Love and Violence; The Violence of Men; The Secret Meaning of Money; The Therapist as Humanist, Social Activist and Systemic Thinker; and Relationship Breakthrough. She has presented her work at professional conferences all over the world and has given keynote addresses for The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy; the National Association of Social Workers, The Erickson Foundation, the California Psychological Association and many other national and international conferences. Madanes has won several awards for distinguished contribution to psychology and has counseled outstanding individuals from all walks of life.
- Cloe Madanes.com
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