9781572308305

Aesthetics of Change

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    9781572308305

  • ISBN10:

    1572308303

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-07-22
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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Summary

The fundamental concern of psychotherapy is change. While practitioners are constantly greeted with new strategies, techniques, programs, and interventions, this book argues that the full benefits of the therapeutic process cannot be realized without fundamental revision of the concept of change itself. Applying cybernetic thought to family therapy, Bradford P. Keeney demonstrates that conventional epistemology, in which casue and effect have a linear relationship, does not sufficiently accommodate the reciprocal nature of causation in experience. Written in an unconventional style that includes stories, case examples, and imagined dialogues between an epistemologist and a skeptical therapist, the volume presents a philosophically grounded, ecological framework for contemporary clinical practice.

Author Biography

Bradford P. Keeney, PhD, has worked at some of the most respected psychotherapy centers in the United States, including the Ackerman Institute in New York City, the Karl Menninger Center in Topeka, and the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. He has served as Director of clinical doctoral programs at Texas Tech University and Nova University, and as Director of Scholarly Studies at the University of St. Thomas. He is the author of numerous classic works in the field of family therapy.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1(11)
Fundamentals of Epistemology
12(49)
Alternative Epistemologies
12(6)
Laws of Form
18(6)
Punctuation
24(5)
Orders of Recursion
29(8)
Double Description
37(7)
Constructing a Reality
44(4)
Discussion
48(13)
Cybernetic Epistemology
61(49)
Simple Cybernetics
64(9)
Cybernetics of Cybernetics
73(4)
Self-Reference
77(5)
Autonomy
82(5)
Dialectic of Calibration and Feedback
87(5)
Cybernetic Complementarities
92(3)
Discussion
95(15)
A Cybernetic Description of Family Therapy
110(40)
Patterns of Distinction
110(6)
Cybernetic Systems
116(6)
Pathology and Health
122(7)
Therapist
129(5)
Ecology
134(8)
Discussion
142(8)
Cybernetics of Therapeutic Change
150(37)
Modeling Pattern
151(4)
Orders of Learning
155(5)
Unconscious Process
160(8)
Sociofeedback
168(6)
Discussion
174(13)
An Aesthetic Base for Family Therapy
187(15)
Conscious Purpose
187(4)
Art and Craft
191(1)
Practice
192(3)
Stories: The Royal Road to Epistemology
195(2)
A Beginning
197(2)
Discussion
199(3)
References 202(7)
Author Index 209(4)
Subject Index 213

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