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Double Bind

 

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Method

Offer a choice whereby whichever option they choose, the same result occurs.

When a part of them is resisting, make resistance a cause of entrancement. Bring in time or other limiting elements, so the choice disappears, and not choosing becomes a choice.

Example

And the more you try to resist, the deeper you go.

Ahead of you are two paths. Raise a finger on your left hand if you want to go left, and on your right hand if you want to go right. ... And the path now goes down and down ...

And you know it's only a matter of time before you let go of that past, because the future is here, now, and the past is gone.

Discussion

The double bind is often assumptive, as it presumes only two or a few choices. Given a choice, people often focus just on the choice and not on wider options.

See also

Double Bind, Double Bind questions, Assumption principle

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