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Narrative Therapy: The Social Construction of Preferred Realities Hardcover – March 17, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0393702071 ISBN-10: 0393702073 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (March 17, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393702073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393702071
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Although everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I thought it pertinent in this circumstance to offer mine. Ruplins of Portland states that "Freedman and Combs do not grasp the constructivist approach used by White and Epston." I was really taken aback by such an assertion, because my reading of the book couldn't be more at odds. I welcomed the book when it was published and was delighted that it provided under one cover a comprehensive and accessible introduction to narrative therapy without compromising the relevance of its politics and poetics. In addition, the authors' chapter on questions extends narrative work in ways I have read and re-read very carefully. I strongly recommend everyone who I am involved with in training/consultation and those seeking merely an introduction to narrative therapy to read it. If I were considering a degree program of any sort, I would expect this book to be required reading. I agree with Michael White when he described the book as "quite a feat!"
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John D. Moore on January 25, 2003
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Narrative Therapy by Jill Freedman & Gene Combs is perhaps one of the best theraputic books I have read. As an author and human services worker, I am always looking for titles that will help me assist client's with their needs. That said, this book is a must read for anyone who wants to work through problems such as depression, anger and societal connections. I highly recommend this book - the authors did a great job!
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John D. Moore, MS, CADC
Author of Confusing Love with Obsession
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By bchammy@uniserve.com on June 21, 1999
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I went to a University whereby post-modernism was not par nor parcel of our curriculum. It was when I got out of school that I began to see the potential and methodology of Narrative Therapy. After buying White and Epston's material and seeking out therapists, I was advised to buy this book. An excellent practical application of an excellent theory. Kudos to the authors. I find this book particularly helpful for working with troubled adolescents and college age clients. Looking forward to further practical publications!
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27 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 1999
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I can't help but think that anthropologist Clifford Geertz, whose ideas about narrative and culture underlie much of this therapy, would be disappointed by this book. Anyone who has worked with tribal peoples knows that you can't use techniques to get them to fit your agenda, even when it is a "progressive" one like the agenda in this book. Aren't therapists supposed to let the clients' needs define therapy? If so, why do the authors of this book so often insert definitions reactively counter to their view of what's "oppressive"? Is it not better to have no agenda at all? This is not a bad book by any means. But it is limited in scope. Trust in the narrative process demands a true shared inquiry, not one driven by culture bound feminist and politically correct ideology.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J.Garrison@juno.com on January 6, 1998
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Combs and Freedman have written an excellent
book that not only informs the reader of the
historical basis of narrative therapy, but
also reflects upon the authors own search for
a compassionate and respectful approach to
therapy.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1998
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Though this is a useful guide to Narrative technique, the authors do not grasp the constructionist approach used by White and Epston. They are too keen on deconstructing one reality (mainstream American) to see that they simply replace it with another, equally culture bound view (that of academic feminism). However, the techniques are presented skillfully. A useful manual for therapists.
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Even though is not a very easy book to read, specially if people are more familiar with other approaches, reading it wanting to learn something different, has very good ideas and explains how and why they do things the way they do.
Is good to start learning a new approach that is non blaming, and more helpful, i think.
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By Douglas M. Kerr on April 10, 2013
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This book is still the most cogent and readable introduction to Narrative Therapy. Narrative Therapy is infamously difficult to explain, but these authors have managed it with clarity and simplicity. The example transcripts and therapy descriptions are particularly helpful for learning both how to think about therapy and what to say in that conversation.
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