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externalizing conversation

A way of speaking in which space is introduced between the person and the problem issue. The problem may be spoken of as if it were a distinct entity or even a personality in its own right rather than part of the person. This creates an opportunity for the relationship between the person and the problem to be articulated.

Definition reprinted with permission from: Gerald Monk (Editor), et al Jossey-Bass, Inc.: Narrative Therapy in Practice: The Archaeology of Hope