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From Wittgenstein, complexity, and narrative emergence: discourse and solution-focused brief therapy

Gale Miller and Mark McKergow

in Discursive Perspectives in Therapeutic Practice

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Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199592753
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754715 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199592753.003.0009

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

From Wittgenstein, complexity, and narrative emergence: discourse and solution-focused brief therapy

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We have discussed a possible future path for talking about SFBT as a discursive therapy. Our overriding concern has been with showing how the limitations of treating SFBT as an interactional event may be overcome by adopting a complexity perspective. The complexity perspective treats the discourse of SFBT as a constellation of complex processes of self-organizing that we call narrative emergence. We see this line of thought and talk as a source for new insights into how solution-focused discourse operates within the larger politics of life in the contemporary world. It is a site for re-examining conventional wisdom about SFBT and for developing new questions that might transform discourse analysts’ observations of and theories about it. We conclude by suggesting how therapists and researchers might use complexity theory to enlarge their conceptualizations of SFBT.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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