Theory Of Mind And Witchcraft

In addition to classifying the client's communication into the two categories of content and relationship, Bateson offers the following method to determine which category of a message is the valid one When a boy says to a girl, I love you, he is using words to convey that which is more convincingly conveyed by his tone of voice and his movements, and the girl, if she has any sense, will pay more attention to those accompanying signs than to the words. (Steps to an Ecology of Mind, p. 412) What...

Summary Of Part

Fuzzy functions are the processes for representing the world which are the basis of semantic ill-formedness, when our clients do not have choices about what they see-feel or hear-feel, feel-hear, etc. Since semantic ill-formedness is the source of much of the pain we see and hear in therapy, we would like briefly to review the possibilities of fuzzy functions and their outcomes. Input Representation Type of Semantic lll-Formedness Visual to Kinesthetic * Cause-effect Vou make me sad Auditory to...

Introduction

In Volume One of The Structure of Magic we began the process of making the magical skills of potent psychotherapists available to other practitioners in a learnable and explicit form. We presented to you the intuitions these psychotherapeutic wizards have about language in a step-by-step form so that you could train yourself to use your own intuitions, thereby increasing your skill. In this second volume, we intend to present more of the intuitions these wizards have about language, and to...

General Strategy For Responding To Incongruity

When a client communicates incongruently, presenting a set of paramessages which do not match, the therapist is faced with an existential decision. The therapist's actions in responding to the incongruency of the client will have a profound effect upon the client's subsequent experience. The therapist's task in working with a client's incongruences is to assist the client in changing by integrating the parts of the client which are in conflict, the incongruences which are draining his energies...

Paramessages

We have found the following way of organizing our experience in therapy and communication more useful in assisting clients in changing The client presents a set of messages, as many as one per output channel. These messages we call paramessages. No one of these simultaneously presented messages is meta to any one of the others presented. More generally, then, no one of a set of simultaneously presented messages can be of a different logical level from any other. Visually, we represent this...

Achieving M Etaposit

The last and most important area of working with incongruity is that of assisting the client in achieving meta-position with respect to his polarities. This means that, as a therapist, in order to make your work thorough and lasting, you will be required to do a little more than just put polarities into contact with one another. In order for the client to recode his polarities and sorted para-messages in such a way as to allow permanent change and therefore, true meta-position, sustained...