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Topic: Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis
Posted by: JPG
Date/Time: 11/11/2003 11:02:02

Hi GSM and everybody,

You have posted (from another forum) "While Richard and John modelled and "codified" Milton's patterns ... Bateson called the work "shoddy" and Milton was being polite."

in 1975, first edition of Patterns of the hypnotic techniques of Milton Erickson , Intel had the best microprocessor (about  8bit - 86 Mhz or sometheing close) but do not stop working nor does Grinder and Bandler (microprocessor are now 64 bits - > 3Ghz). Every scientific discipline makes progress.

Moreover, Bateson has said something like " Shoddy Epistemology" (look p. 117 of WITW note 33)  which makes a big difference from shoddy work.

Epistemology is not at the same level as  patterns, techniques.

And this is a very complex question. My interpretation relies on that unconscious and conscious logic are different. The verbal hypnotic patterns of Milton (from which JG and RB derived the Milton model of patterns) are the results of too many transformations (one is a change in logic) from the state of Erickson (at the unconscious level) to his words so that it is possible to grasp the WHY Erickson at this moment choose this words and others non verbal communication. Unconscious knowledge incorporate all our learnings, for Milton about 65 years of multi level communication a that time.

Shoddy Epistemology , in no way, means that the patterns presented by JG and RB are not effective,  And that most of all can't learn a lot from them and much faster than without them.

Erickson said in the preface "I would also like an analysis of HOW and WHY carefully structured communications can elicit such extensive and effective patient responses, often not actually requested."

I don't think, it was not the aim of JG and RB when they made the Milton model and I don't know if it is even possible to answer that question but Erickson looks toward new progress.

JG and RB have not finished all possible modeling about the knowledge of Erickson, well thanks to them that lets new things to discover for others. You might know that for a much less complex problem like "Heat transfer coefficient" thousand of PhD thesis has been published and there is still new progress every years.

By the way there is no perfect, ideal, complete model.

What if a perfect Perl model has been made. I mean a "black box" that responds exactly as Perl. Bander, Pucelik, Grinder will not have better results than him. Well but It would been a perfect model of Perl.

Let Take another example :  the first rank tennis players of the last 30 years, they all have idiosyncrasies. Teaching Mc Enroe to play, as J. Connors would not have help him really much.

Even if JG and RB had managed to build a "complete", "perfect" model of  Erickson, as Erickson said himself (to Gilligan? after deep trance identification ) there is no place for two Ericksons in the world. We are all different, and it relies partly on our history stored in our inconcious knowlegde.

Don't look for a perfect model, the map is not the territory and the territory is not the territory.

All the best,


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TopicDate PostedPosted By
Milton Model and Hypnosis08/11/2003 10:34:34GSM
     Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis08/11/2003 15:02:20Sam Blackbird
          Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis08/11/2003 19:28:40GSM
               Re:Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis08/11/2003 19:30:24GSM
     Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis08/11/2003 16:10:01George
     Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis08/11/2003 19:29:03nj
          Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis08/11/2003 19:31:22GSM
     Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis08/11/2003 20:12:27doug
          Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis09/11/2003 13:24:16Sam Blackbird
               Re:Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis09/11/2003 16:27:02wc
               Re:Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis09/11/2003 16:29:41Omar
                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis09/11/2003 16:50:43GSM
                         Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis09/11/2003 19:26:13Omar
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis09/11/2003 21:06:14GSM
                                   Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis09/11/2003 22:06:57Omar
                                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis09/11/2003 23:06:43GSM
               Re:Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis09/11/2003 19:54:10Anthony
                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis09/11/2003 22:32:31Macy Kirkpatrick
     Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis10/11/2003 19:16:00John Schertzer
          Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis10/11/2003 19:36:11GSM
               Re:Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis10/11/2003 19:45:38John Schertzer
                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis10/11/2003 21:35:34GSM
                         Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis11/11/2003 14:33:47John Schertzer
          Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis10/11/2003 23:41:34Anthony
     Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis11/11/2003 11:02:02JPG
          Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis11/11/2003 17:54:44John Schertzer
     Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis13/11/2003 07:56:27Keith
          Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis13/11/2003 13:32:17Stephen Bray
               Re:Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis14/11/2003 09:07:29Anthony
                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis15/11/2003 22:27:19Robin
                         Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis16/11/2003 10:47:26Tony
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Milton Model and Hypnosis16/11/2003 13:54:29Robin

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