By Milton H. Erickson
Those converstions happened over a 17 yr interval and have been recorded as a part of Gregory Bateson's undertaking on verbal exchange and therapy...specializing within the examine of Erickson's methods of adjusting human beings...
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H: God, that's a tricky one. E: He was asking. He was compelling, and there was no refusal possible. Any refusal of any sort would mean rejection by the neighbor of the neighbor's own pattern. And rejection by the neighbor of the neighbor's own pattern, but not at the request of my patient. H: Not at the direct request. " H: But to return to this couple again, when you set up a situation like this, which is impossible, what happens then? What are you trying to achieve with an impossible situation?
They were too close to mother to have any understanding of that rigid pattern formation. * 1/: * * Well, now with some couples when you see them interacting in a certain way, the husband doing certain things with the wife, you're likely to do the same thing with the wife as a demonstration for both of them. I': Yes. II: I,: III what other ways do you accept what they're already doing? I mean, they're dealing with each other in a way that's obviously reinforcing. He does something, she does something which forces him to do what he just did, which forces her to do what she just did, and they go back and forth on it.
I right. I can see how you might do this, but I don't see how you do it. IV: You mean, in your case you would get around to talking about her coming, how he might feel about her ('oming, from San Francisco back home. I': ()h, commit him to the fact that he could not tolerate his wife going from Phoenix to Mesa. And I don't know how many times I'd use that word "going" unobtrusively. But I really commit him to it. I would have I 84 Conversations with Milton H. " I'd commit him, I'd tie him to it, I'd condition him to that.
Conversations With Milton H. Erickson, MD: Changing Couples by Milton H. Erickson