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Topic: Re:Origins - Watzlawick
Posted by: John Grinder
Date/Time: 04/06/2002 18:17:52


Glad you enjoyed Whispering!

Paul Watzlawick's (actually, Watzlawick, Beavin and Jackson's) Pragmatics of Human Communication is a "popularization" of Bateson's work (primarily the work presented in Steps to an Ecology of Mind (note the dedication). We found nothing in Pragmatics that wasn't represented in a deeper more thought-provoking form in Bateson directly. I intend this to be a description not a critique as according to Bateson, Watzlawick and his co-authors set out to ensure that the world recognized Bateson's contribution by putting it in a more accessible form. We preferred the original.

Watzlawick's work on reframing is, to me at least, more interesting than his popularization of Bateson.

In any case, Pragmatics exercised no influence on either Bandler or I in creating NLP; Bateson most assuredly did.


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TopicDate PostedPosted By
Origins - Watzlawick04/06/2002 14:10:47Ian Newton
     Re:Origins - Watzlawick04/06/2002 18:17:52John Grinder
          Re:Re:Origins - Watzlawick04/06/2002 23:29:46Ian Newton
               Re:Re:Re:Origins - Watzlawick05/06/2002 03:51:20John Grinder
                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Origins - Watzlawick06/06/2002 12:15:10Ian Newton
                         Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Origins - Watzlawick07/06/2002 01:39:14nj
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Origins - Watzlawick07/06/2002 08:34:11Ian Newton
                                   Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Origins - Watzlawick07/06/2002 14:26:11nj
                                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Origins - Watzlawick07/06/2002 20:41:21Ian Newton
                                             Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Origins - Watzlawick08/06/2002 03:35:01nj
                         Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Origins - Watzlawick08/06/2002 03:59:46Michael Carroll

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