Erickson’s Contribution to Therapy (1982)
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I will present some personal experience with M ilton Erickson and try to communicate some of my understanding of this extraordinary m an and his work. I have published my views of Erickson’s therapy extensively, but to me he remains a mysterious person. Although I met with him for many years, I never fully understood him. In hundreds of hours talking together, I explored his life and work; yet I know him less well than other men I have associated with more briefly. I studied a num ber of therapists over the years, and Erickson more extensively than anyone. Having learned many of his therapy techniques, I applied them in my practice and teaching. Not a day passes that I do not use something that I learned from Erickson in my work. Yet his basic ideas I only partially grasp. I feel that if I understood more fully what Erickson was trying to explain about changing people, new innovations in therapy would open up before me.