Article: 8 Conversational Habits of Highly Effective Problems. Stephen Madigan, 2006 (Canada)

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NARRATIVE BOTTLEThis article represents many of Stephen’s responses to individualist practices in the modern world of psychology, mental health, and couple therapy. Therapists have told us how they have often handed the article out to their clients. The title of the article emerged from a tongue-in-cheek play on the highly individualist, neoliberal book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Enjoy!


Stephen Madigan MSW, PhD


Stephen Madigan is an award-winning narrative therapist and best-selling author of Narrative Therapy – theory and practice (2011, 2019 and – 3rd Edition published in 2023). He is the Director of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, content creator for, invented the new practice of narrative therapy-informed Relational Interviewing with couple relationships, and wrote…


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