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ERIC Number: ED371276
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug-23
Pages: 12
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Mapping the Path to Narrative Common Ground with Couples.
Dagirmanjian, Steve; And Others
During psychotherapeutic work, couples typically present distinctly contradictory stories about their life together. This paper explores how a psychotherapist may promote mutually beneficial change for couples who contradict each other. One suggested tactic is a non-impositional approach to therapy using a narrative-oriented context. Such a tactic offers a conceptual point of reference for the therapist and the couple as they search for common ground. This orienting concept, called "preferred view," assumes that problems between people develop from the mishandling of ordinary difficulties which often arise during key transition points. These subsequent disjunctive perspectives create problems which cause views of self and others to become increasingly fixed and which leads to more restricted actions. The narrative common ground is obscured because each person holds a jaundiced view of the other. By understanding a problem's evolution, the therapist may develop a strategy for resolution. The therapist may then expand the narrative landscape by asking interested, curious, and respectful questions which do not threaten the client's preferred view. As the disjunctiveness decreases, the therapist is better able to suggest alternative explanations--the "preferred view"--for a problem's evolution which fit how people want to be seen by others. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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