April 3, 2007

Paul Watzlawick

I have just heard that Paul Watzlawick has died a few days ago. He was a member of the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto, California and author of books like The Situation Is Hopeless, but Not Serious (The Pursuit of Unhappiness) and Pragmatics of Human Communication: A Study of Interactional Patterns, Pathologies, and Paradoxes. Paul Watzlawick and his colleagues Jay Haley and John Weakland had a considerable influence on Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg who were the main developers of the solution-focused approach.

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