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As a result of this meeting Jackson soon became a member of the projects. Collaboration with Bateson, Haley, Weakland, and Fry opened new vistas for Jackson. He now had ongoing interaction with a group of thinkers equal to himself in conceptual abilities and daring3. Now for a special treat. The Jackson Archives at the Mental Research Institute contain thousands of written documents, film and audio recordings. One file contains pieces of a book Jackson was working on but was never published. Following is an outline of seventeen ‘principles, assumptions, and postulates,’ Jackson believed central to understanding human interaction: 1 2 3 A person is always attempting to define the nature of his relationship with other people, as he interacts with them.
Jackson, MD, was alive today he would be popular even though controversial. That was so when he was making his contributions. Jackson was a systems purist, and purists of any kind, at least in the soft science of family studies, are not in vogue, rather they are controversial. In this age of compromise, where integration is the buzz word of the family therapy field, and funding from pharmaceutical companies has all but extinguished talk therapies from the curriculum of psychiatric training programmes, advocates of a purely relational approach are hard to come by.
Who does what when and to whom in the present), accepting and going with the symptom, speaking the clients’ language, using circular questioning, prescribing behaviour at one order of abstraction to address the organization of the system at another order of abstraction are but a few of the ways Jackson influenced present day work of most models of family and brief therapy in practice today. Since Jackson’s death, the work of his colleagues at the MRI have continued to inform most of the family and brief oriented systemic work being done around the world today.