Aesthetics of Change (The Guilford Family Therapy Series) by Bradford Keeney

By Bradford Keeney

The elemental predicament of psychotherapy is swap. whereas practitioners are continually greeted with new ideas, ideas, courses, and interventions, this ebook argues that the entire merits of the healing method can't be learned with out primary revision of the idea that of swap itself. using cybernetic proposal to family members treatment, Bradford P. Keeney demonstrates that traditional epistemology, during which reason and impression have a linear courting, doesn't sufficiently accommodate the reciprocal nature of causation in adventure. Written in an unconventional kind that comes with tales, case examples, and imagined dialogues among an epistemologist and a skeptical therapist, the quantity provides a philosophically grounded, ecological framework for modern medical perform.

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Instead, the experimenter punctuates the situation as a context for discrimination, even when it is not possible to discriminate. Consequently, the dog and experimenter are placed in an impossible situation. If the dog attempts to discriminate, the experimenter observes that he cannot; if the dog does not discriminate, the experimenter proposes that the dog's "discrimination" has broken down. T h e experimental psychologist's attribution of the dog's symptoms to a "breakdown in discrimination" reveals a mistyping.

In this process the therapist's knowledge can be constantly recycled and modified in order that he m a y know how to act. FUNDAMENTALS OF EPISTEMOLOGY / 29 ORDERS OF RECURSION Whether one is speaking of language, description, explanation, the ory, or epistemology, discussion of these topics is often structured in terms of levels, strata, order, or frames or reference. Having a theory about theories or a description of descriptions involves differences in logical frames of reference. T o mark a distinction in space is to indicate two different levels —for example, an inside and outside.

Stopgaps in theoretical explanations and inconsistencies between data and theoretical prediction often b e c o m e apparent w h e n an observer's orders of recursion are m a d e explicit. '* A n y attempt to induce an organism to acquire (or extinguish) "exploration," "curiosity," "dependency," and so forth, is to mistype the n a m e of a context of action with the n a m e of a simple action, that is, to confuse one with the other. Contexts of action are higher orders of recursion than simple actions and are not subject to lower order reinforcement rules.

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