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Observing language & interactions

“I am interested in language and anybody’s use of language is fascinating.” – Gale Miller


In your next meeting and especially when you are really interested in the topic: Instead of engaging, be silent and listen and observe. Observe who says what, who responds in what way, and observe how the conversation goes on. What do you learn when you see this?


This challenge was brought to us by Gale Miller in episode 35 “Observing Solution Focus” of the SIMPLY FOCUS podcast. We met Gale for the first time at the SFCT Research Conference in 2013, again at the EBTA Conference 2015 in Vienna, and this October we visited him in at his house in Milwaukee. Gale’s work has been fascinating for us for many years and we love to listen to his stories about his time at the BFTC and the stories what happened behind the mirror.

Listening to the CD “Wittgenstein for therapists” (that you can find here) in which Gale Miller talks to Steve de Shazer about emotions in Solution Focused Brief Therapy has been a learning booster for us. It not only made Wittgenstein more approachable for us, but also influenced us to see “inner concepts” from an interactional perspective.

You can listen to the full podcast here >>. For the challenge of the week please go to minute 27:31.


Listen to the SIMPLY FOCUS podcast here!