October 15, 2009

How frequently are different solution-focused techniques used? (poll results)

Here are the results of a poll which asked the question "which solution-focused techniques have you already used?' In total 143 people took the poll. Hope you like the results (click to enlarge). If you are not familiar with any of the terms used you can search them on this site for an explanation (see the search window on the right).


  1. Hello Coert,

    I am curious about the use of desired situation question being at the top of the list. In your September 15th post, there is a suggestion from you that the research suggests staying away from best hoped for outcome. Can you offer some clarification as to whether the most frequently used type of question is "Ideal or Best" versus "Good Enough".

  2. Hi Kevin, thanks for your reply. The desired situation question as I use it is the quetsion: how would you like things to become (or a variation on that( and not so much the question what does the ideal situation look like. It is quite possible that some or many of the respondents do ask for the ideal or best situation but i don't. After all, what you desire for does not have to be ideal.

  3. Hello Coert,

    This is an interesting distinction to make. Thank you for your clarification. So, if this notion of clarifying how a client would like things to become in the future is linked to a scaling question, would you more likely define "10" as the ideal or as the desired. The reason that I ask is that many people identify "10" as being perfect and therefore unattainable, so they opt to achieve an "8" (perhaps) rather than "10". I am curious to know your process. Thanks for your thoughts.

  4. Hi Kevin, Thanks. With scaling I do the same. The position is the answer to the desired situaion question. So that would be the situation that you would be satisfied wth, the situation you desire. Between 2003 and 2006 I worked a lot with Insoo and I remember in 2005 how she explained in group the use of scales and she warned against defining the 10 position in ideal terms because as she said that would only drive the current situation of the client down and would therefore run the risk of taking the away the hope of the client (he would be overwhelmed by the gap between his current position and the 10).


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