I have three questions for you. How many times have you tried to:
If your answer to at least one of these questions is NOT “Never!”, then you may find my recommendation helpful.
The first time you walk into a bookstore, buy this book: Change – Principles of problem formation and problem resolution is a classic on change that Paul Watzlawick wrote with colleagues Fisch and Weakland of the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto.
With a warning: this book is not a manual and does not represent a shortcut, because the road to personal growth always requires hard work.
Listen to Paul Watzlawick’s words on problem-solving strategies (the video is in German, with subtitles in English), then go to the table of contents.
Enjoy your reading!
Foreword to the paperback edition by Bill O’Hanlon
Foreword by Milton H. Erickson
Part 1 – PERSISTENCE AND CHANGE
Chapter 1. The Theoretical Perspective
Chapter 2. The Practical Perspective
Part 2. PROBLEM FORMATION
Chapter 3. “More of the Same” or, When the Solution Becomes the Problem
Chapter 4. The Terrible Simplifications
Chapter 5. The Utopia Syndrome
Chapter 6. Paradoxes
Part 3. PROBLEM RESOLUTION
Chapter 7. Second-Order Change
Chapter 8. The Gentle Art of Reframing
Chapter 9. The Practice of Change
Chapter 10. Exemplifications
Chapter 11. The Wider Horizon