FAMILY therapy studies of the past dozen years, as a recent review establishes,1 have predominantly reflected the Psychoanalytic viewpoint, even though striking departures from psychoanalytic theory and technique have been made by family therapists. For the most part, writers on technique2-7 have essentially adhered to the view that to promote beneficial change in patients the therapist must formulate and communicate insights and work through unconscious resistances. Even such departures from Psychoanalytic technique as those described by Satir8 and Minuchin9 recently seem to this writer fundamentally insight-centered.
Among major contributors to family therapy theory and practice today, only Haley10 has offered a clear alternative to the "insight-centered model," although he is joined to an extent by Jackson11 and Brodey,12 using somewhat different approaches. Haley maintains that the therapist secures beneficial change when he enforces a dominant position