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What Makes Ericksonian Therapy So Effective? 1

This chapter takes a look at Erickson enormous capabilities: his realism in encouraging incremental change, his use of novelty, experimentation, and humor to unleash the unconscious learning within all of us. He would discover what can and can’t be changed by seeing how individuals responded to his suggestions for change. Erickson would say that the therapist negotiates with the patient about what is desired and what is possible. The chapter elucidates a basic underlying principal that Erickson’s interventions and his suggestions are based on the idea that changes must be determined by the patient himself, for if a patient is trying to achieve his own potential, he must discover and define his own limitations and possibilities.