In this brief clip Michael outlines his practice of ‘externalizing’ the problem of ‘trouble’ that clearly had great appeal for the family. Although the problem of trouble was usually defined as internal to the young man, all family members were affected by it, and often felt overwhelmed, dispirited and defeated. In various ways, the family took the ongoing existence of the problem, and their failed attempts to solve it, as a reflection on themselves, each other and/or on their relationships. The continuing survival of the problem, and the failure of corrective measures, served to confirm, for family members, the presence of various negative personal and relationship qualities or attributes.
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