Thanks Hans-Peter. Yes, I gather that Steve de Shazer and Jerry Sternin (Positive Deviance) met and squabbled at some time in the past. My occasional efforts to get in touch with them have met with no response or reciprocation whatsoever.
How did this article inform you about Solution Focused approach?
In this article I cannot find any reference to the Solution Focused approach.
I only can find this: When we analyze a big, complicated problem -- like malnutrition in Vietnam, or a married couple nearing divorce, or a business on the verge of bankruptcy -- we seek a solution that befits the scale of the problem.
and - as a comment - this: Ahhh, the power of focusing on solutions: Absorb the problem for a moment, then immediately jump to imagining solutions. As in Appreciative Inquiry. Very powerful mindset.
How was it possible for you to find from that to the "Solution Focused Approach" in the meaning of deShazer and Kim Berg?
I am very interested how you found that path from this article to SF, because sometimes I feel a bit discouraged reading and hearing so much about "positive psychology", "appreciative inquiry" and "positive deviance" with no links to "Solution Focused Approach".
So: How did you find this link to SF?
Ah - thanks, Rodney:
The link http://bit.ly/dAtiaV provided by Judy points to the first page ... and "Solution Focus" is mentioned on page three... It didn't see the "next"-link on the first page....
Now I see it this way: Chip Heath and Dan Heath produced this excerpt of their book "Made to Stick" for Fast Company. And in this book they use as an example the story of Jerry Sternin from Vietnam which is one of the "case stories" of Positive Psychology. And in their comments to this story they refer to "Solution Focused Therapy" in their book "Made to Stick".
Looks to me as if the Heaths have gathered stuff about SF, positive deviance and perhaps other 'positive approaches'. They are great popularisers. Made To Stick (which I think contains no references to SF) is about creativity and marketing. I've ordered the new book and will review it soon.
Cheers, Paul Z.
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