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The Aberdeen Option (Steve de Shazer)

Harvey Ratner recalls a case discussion with Steve de Shazer and insoo Kim Berg from 1990, the very first time that BRIEF invited them to work with us in London.

Never Mind Descartes

It is more than 350 years since the French philosopher, René Descartes, died yet he still has a colossal influence on how we think about the world and the way we live in it. His famous assertion, ‘I think therefore I am’ could be seen as the basis of cognitive behavioural therapy if translated into ‘you think therefore you do’. If this were true then all ‘talking cures’ would put reason at the heart of their method: change the thinking and the rest will follow. Sometimes this does work but often it doesn’t.

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