I was just thinking the other day how much I think about clients' problems in terms of trance. This was brought on by listening to a play on the radio in which a man who was besotted with a woman suddenly 'snapped out' of it when her behaviour became too much for his trance to be maintained - he just couldn't fit what she had done within the frame of reference he had built for her.
Understanding that trance states exist in all emotional problems is such a key to treating problems for me.
I guess at this stage I should try to define trance... Dictionary.com (trance
) isn't too helpful for our purposes - it basically says "it's hypnosis"
I like to think of trance in terms of 'tunnel thinking', or perhaps more accurately "tunnel perception".
Basically, trance allows you to create an inner world that is different to what is actually going on around you.
For myself, I find it is useful to think "If I wasn't thinking about this, would there actually be a problem, and if so, what would it be like?"
This meandering chunter all reminds me of Erickson's comment which went something like "The happiest people are those that can work out the way the world works the quickest, then work around it."
Perhaps he was referring in part to the fact that the only way to problem solve is to be clear on what the problem is, if there is one, otherwise your efforts are misguided.
Now I shall go to bed and wonder about whether I should have bothered posting this at all