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Publication date: 1 March 2005

Giorgio Nardone and and Claudette Portelli

This paper develops from the constructivistic premise that our reality is a computation rather than a representation. Provides a constructive critique on the rigid…

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Purpose

This paper develops from the constructivistic premise that our reality is a computation rather than a representation. Provides a constructive critique on the rigid psychopathological classifications used in mental health that end up creating a conditioned self‐confirming reality.

Design/methodology/approach

Proposes to present an approach, which moves away from the traditional rigid categorizing definitions of mental disorders, to a constructivist perspective that considers human problems as dysfunctional systems of perception and reaction to reality.

Findings

Provides literature that demonstrates how humans use interpretative tools to give order and definition to the world around them, but most often, end up forgetting that all their classifications, theories, tests and so forth, are mere human inventions. Presents various distinctive scientific research which evidence how those who are invested with the power of diagnosing mental sanity or insanity, are often trapped in their own theories and resulting diagnostic practice.

Originality/value

This paper puts forward the need in replacing a rigid deterministic model by an elastic and self‐corrective constructive‐strategic model of knowledge and intervention that guarantees the real efficacy and effectiveness of therapy.

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Kybernetes, vol. 34 no. 3/4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0368-492X

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Publication date: 1 March 2005

Monika Broecker

Presents an “in memoriam” tribute to Heinz von Foerster.

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Purpose

Presents an “in memoriam” tribute to Heinz von Foerster.

Design/methodology/approach

Outlines his work.

Findings

Introduces his inspiring contributions in the applied sciences and to the more general researches on the theoretical and practical implications of the cybernetic epistemology.

Originality/value

Gives insights to the importance of the work of von Foerster.

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Kybernetes, vol. 34 no. 3/4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0368-492X

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Publication date: 14 August 2007

Giorgio Nardone and Claudette Portelli

The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the importance of Bateson and colleagues' double bind theory, which has been a breakthrough in the history of psychiatry and human…

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Purpose

The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the importance of Bateson and colleagues' double bind theory, which has been a breakthrough in the history of psychiatry and human behavior because it freed us from the prison of ordinary logic.

Design/methodology/approach

The use of non‐ordinary logic, in understanding and in solving seemingly bizarre, over‐the‐lines human behavior, with its three different components: logic of paradox, logic of contradiction and logic of belief.

Findings

This paper presents the work carried out by the Centro di Terapia Strategica of Arezzo, which following the MRI approach, has put together seemingly simple solution to intimidating complex problems.

Practical implications

With the help of literature and practical‐clinical examples, this paper puts forward the use of non‐ordinary logic in brief strategic therapy in designing simple solutions to complex human problems such as phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders, presumed psychosis and other pathologies.

Originality/value

This work helps therapists and other care‐gives liberate themselves from the constraining chains of ordinary logic, in order to be able to solve human problems that seem unsolvable.

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Kybernetes, vol. 36 no. 7/8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0368-492X

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