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Goolishian H. A.
Beyond Cybernetics: Comments on Atkinson and Heath’s “Further Thoughts on Second-Order Family Therapy”.
Fulltext at http://cepa.info/4096
Atkinson B. J.
Heath A. W.
Further thoughts on second-order family therapy – This time it’s personal.
Fulltext at http://cepa.info/4097
A series of articles has recently appeared in which implications of second-order cybernetics for the practice of family therapy have been discussed. In this article, we attempt to advance the discussion by addressing ideas that we think have not been adequately emphasized thus far. Specifically proposed are ideas about conditions that might facilitate the emergence of consciously pragmatic strategy informed by the kind of systemic wisdom that delicately balances natural systems without the benefit of human planning. It is argued that a shift in the personal habits of knowing and acting that typically organize individual human experience is required. After attempting to specify what this shift might involve, implications of these ideas for the practice of family therapy and for human action in general are discussed.
Foerster H. von
Fulltext at http://cepa.info/1685
Griffith J. L.
Griffith M. E.
Slovik L. S.
Mind-body problems in family therapy: Contrasting first- and second-order cybernetics approaches.
Fulltext at http://cepa.info/4589
Using detailed case examples, we contrast firstand second-order cybernetics approaches to family problems involving somatic symptoms in a family member. A second-order cybernetics approach views the reality of the problem as linguistically shaped by those interacting around it, including the therapist and observing team members. This co-constructed reality, the story of the problem, inadvertently contributes to the problem’s endurance by narrowing the choice of more effective solutions. In our approach, the therapist elicits from each person his or her story about the illness in the family. The therapist then facilitates a therapeutic conversation that provides a context for new linguistic distinctions to be drawn, including the way mind and body may interact to generate the symptoms. Shifts in beliefs and behaviors follow, and more innovative solutions to the problem can then emerge. Unlike the approach in our previously published work based upon ecosystemic patterns as “system diagnoses,” this approach uses only descriptions and explanations of the problem as are collaboratively constructed within this therapeutic conversation.
Varela F. J.
Reflections on the circulation of concepts between a biology of cognition and systemic family therapy.
Fulltext at http://cepa.info/2625
This article is a critical examination of the possible relevance of a specific approach to cognitive science for systemic family therapy. I provide a way of comparing the conceptual backgrounds for both these fields and, on that basis, propose some conclusions that underline the difficulty of the task.
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