RE: The construction of _hard case_

Tim A. Connor (
Wed, 20 Aug 1997 10:20:11 -0700 (PDT)

On Wed, 20 Aug 1997, Chris Evans wrote:

> I wondered if there were people on the list who didn't know the
> miracle question (I didn't until recently!). The family/individual
> therapist asks something along the lines of "If a miracle happened in
> the night, what would be the first thing you would notice that would
> tell you that things had got better"
> But seriously, I think there's a lot in the Milwaukee group's work
> that reminds me of constructive alternativism and some of it is a bit
> like the "fixed role technique" of Kelly.

Kelly had a version of the miracle question: "Exactly how would you be
doing things differently today if all these things that you complain
about had, instead, been the way you wanted them to be?" (1955, p. 947).
And before him, Adler had one. I once wrote a paper arguing that SFT and
narrative therapy were just special cases of PCT, whether they know it or