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  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2011-04-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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This classic book deals with the age-old questions of persistence and change. It asks how problems arise and are perpetuated in some instances, but in other instances are resolved. It examines how, paradoxically, common sense and logical approaches often fail while seemingly "illogical" and "unreasonable" actions succeed in producing the desired change.

Author Biography

Paul Watzlawick, who died in 2007, was an internationally-known psychologist. An expert in human communication, he was one of the most influential members of the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto, CA. John Weakland, who died in 1995, was a Senior Research Fellow at MRI. Richard Fisch is a psychiatrist with a private practice in Palo Alto, CA.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the paperback editionp. ix
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Persistence and Change
The Theoretical Perspectivep. 3
The Practical Perspectivep. 14
Problem Formation
˘More of the Same÷ or, When the Solution Becomes the Problemp. 31
The Terrible Simplificationsp. 40
The Utopia Syndromep. 47
Paradoxesp. 61
Problem Resolution
Second-Order Changep. 75
The Gentle Art of Reframingp. 90
The Practice of Changep. 108
Exemplificationsp. 115
The Wider Horizonp. 155
Referencesp. 159
Indexp. 167
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