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

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

and Mark McKergow

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10.1093/med/9780199592753.003.0009
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date: 24 May 2018

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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