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Change: Principles of Problem Formation and Problem Resolution (1974)

by Paul Watzlawick

Other authors: Richard Fisch, John H. Weakland

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This classic book, available in paperback for the very first time, explores why some people can successfully change their lives and others cannot. Here famed psychologist Paul Watzlawick presents what is still often perceived as a radical idea: that the solutions to our problems are inherently embedded in the problems themselves. Tackling the age-old questions surrounding persistence and change, the book asks why problems arise and are perpetuated in some instances but easily resolved in others. Incorporating ideas about human communication, marital and family therapy, the therapeutic effects of paradoxes and of action-oriented techniques of problem resolution, Change draws much from the field of psychotherapy.… (more)
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Testo classico sul cambiamento, riferimento teorico imprescindibile reso in forma chiara e accessibile con esempi di varia natura. ( )
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Fisch, Richardsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Weakland, John H.secondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hacker, Anne-LiseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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This classic book, available in paperback for the very first time, explores why some people can successfully change their lives and others cannot. Here famed psychologist Paul Watzlawick presents what is still often perceived as a radical idea: that the solutions to our problems are inherently embedded in the problems themselves. Tackling the age-old questions surrounding persistence and change, the book asks why problems arise and are perpetuated in some instances but easily resolved in others. Incorporating ideas about human communication, marital and family therapy, the therapeutic effects of paradoxes and of action-oriented techniques of problem resolution, Change draws much from the field of psychotherapy.

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Comment, dans les relations humaines, les impasses apparaissent-elles ? Qu'est-ce qui fait que, souvent, nos tentatives de provoquer un changement ne font que nous emmurer dans un jeu sans fin ? Il y a des changements qui ne sont que source de la permanence. Dire " plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose " équivaut, si l'on prend les choses par l'autre bout, à affirmer que ça change quand on s'y attend le moins. La technique ici proposée se situe délibérément à la surface : barrer le pourquoi pour mettre en avant le quoi. Un chemin est frayé dans la forêt des paradoxes humains, qui va de Russell, Wittgenstein et Bateson à Groucho Marx. Entre la logique et l'humour, une thérapie est mise en place qui ne prétend point guérir autre chose que notre rapport à autrui.
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