I suppose it was my own response. I started being a more interesting Jeff Zeig by virtue of being with him. On a moment-to-moment basis Erickson strove to be the best Milton Erickson he could be. It encouraged me to be the best Jeff Zeig that I could be. Also, by virtue of being with Erickson, I worked to be a more interesting therapist.
Part of the problem of being a patient is that many times, patients do not
have constructively interesting lives. If therapists want to promote
interesting lives, we should be interesting therapists, which often requires
modeling interesting teachers, all of which comes down to living a
constructively interesting life. Erickson was never dull. He was the most
interesting person I ever met.
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