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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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NEUBERN, Maurício S.. Milton H. Erickson and the trojan horse: the nonconventional therapy in the paradigms crisis scenario in clinical psychology. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2002, vol.15, n.2, pp. 363-372. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722002000200013.

This article places Milton Erickson's work in the scenerio of transition of scientific paradigms, especially in clinical psychology. The text shows that Erickson' contribution denounces the limitations of the dominant paradigm and at the same time points to different assumptions that are very similar to the emergent paradigm's perspectives. The trojan horse metaphor aims at showing the powerful and subtle influence of Erickson's work on sacred perspectives. While Erickson's work cause fascination and wonder it simultaneously provoques critical and incisive reflections about the sacred perspectives. This paper makes salient three main aspects - the theorical impossibility, the rescue of a complex subjectivity and, at last, the search of new racionalities. As a conclusion, possible pathways for understanding and using Erickson's legacy in the field of clinical psychology are enphasized.

Keywords : Milton Erickson; uncommon therapy; hypnosis; paradigms; clinical psychology.

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