Erickson did change his approach over the decades. The ONLY thing that never changed was his understanding that cure means being able to get to the necessary experiential resources in the context in which they are needed. He went from an induction method wherein he redundenlty asked the client to sleep deeper and deeper...to the indirect methods I've written about at length. He went from hypnoanalysis in a psychoanalytic framework to the model of retrieving resources and arranging interpersonal acts. He went from recognizing anxiety as the collapse of defensive mechanisms to focussing on building needed (behavioral, cognitive, and emotional) frames of referrence to support previously unexpressed urges, needs, and desires. But the idea of cure was one thing he did not change in his definition of approach over five decades of work.
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