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Conflicts and double bind - Robert DILTS - ENEM2 - 2021/22

800,00 €



Web training module 2021/2022

Conflicts and double bind

"Identify them to better transform them"

Robert DILTS

Coach and trainer

Four interactive, personal and authentic sessions to tackle the subject of the double bind. This module is taken from the Company development system of the Strategic Coach training.


A "double bind" is a particular type of conflict that creates a "no way out" situation, i.e. one in which one is "damned if you do it, and damned if you don't". According to anthropologist Gregory Bateson, who first identified and defined the concept of double bind, these conflicts are at the root of creativity and psychosis. What matters is whether or not one is able to identify and transcend the constraint appropriately.

Double binds often have a quality of circularity, which makes them a kind of "Catch-22", and leads to a feeling of confusion and helplessness. The classic example is the Salem witch trials, in which one of the tests to determine if someone was a witch was to tie them up and throw them in the water. If the person floated and survived, they were considered a witch and were put to death. If the person sank and drowned, they were exempt from being a witch, but were, of course, also dead. Thus, the essential structure of a double bind is as follows:

If you don't do A, you won't be able to (survive, be safe, have fun, etc.). But if you do A, you won't be able to (survive, be safe, have fun, etc.).

The most emotionally intense double binds occur in the context of important interpersonal relationships. They often involve what appears to be a power struggle in which one person tries to "prove" the other. Such a struggle can also occur within a person.

These types of intractable struggles are often the root of mental and physical illnesses. They can also occur during a person's attempts to heal and thwart progress towards wellness. Yet, even though double binds can seem daunting, it is possible to pull it off, provided you have the right skills and conditions. Breaking out of a double bind situation essentially involves recognizing and dealing with the "conditions" that are necessary to produce the double bind.  

In his book Towards an Ecology of the Spirit Gregory Bateson defines the essential "ingredients" of a situation of double bind. This program will cover ways to identify double binds and the underlying conditions that create them, as well as some of the ways in which double binds can be resolved, transformed, and transcended.

Objective of the module

  • Study the phenomenon of double bind.
  • Understand the conditions that favor the establishment of double binds.
  • Implement appropriate intervention strategy(ies) with regard to this concept.


Module program

• Session 1: Thursday 05/05/2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Europe/Paris: Conflicts and double constraint - S1 - Robert DILTS - Translator: Bill WALKER - ENEM2 - 2021/22
• Session 2: Thursday 19/05/2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Europe/Paris: Conflicts and double bind - S2 - Robert DILTS - Translator: Bill WALKER - ENEM2 - 2021/22
• Session 3: Thursday 02/06/2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Europe/Paris: Conflicts and double binds - S3 - Robert DILTS - Translator: Bill WALKER - Moderator: Elisabetta CALAMELA - ENEM2 - 2021/22
• Session 4: Thursday 06/16/2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Europe/Paris: Conflicts and double bind - S4 - Robert DILTS - Translator: Bill WALKER - ENEM2 - 2021/22

Skills acquired at the end of the training (pedagogical objectives)

  • Develop knowledge of a recurring phenomenon and thereby reduce the complexity of certain situations.
  • Apply appropriate questioning techniques to identify the phenomenon in order to facilitate the process of change.
  • Acquire an interactional vision in order to build an intervention strategy adapted to the double constraint.

Target audience and prerequisites

  • Any manager, HR and professional in the field of business support, experienced or in retraining 
  • No prerequisites


Robert DILTS : Since 1975, Robert DILTS has been one of the main researchers and developers of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and its applications in the fields of health, education and business. Robert Dilts is an internationally renowned writer, coach, consultant and researcher.

Modality, means and teaching aids

Interactive and experiential approach

  • Individual work, in pairs and sub-groups during and outside the sessions
  • Excerpts from intervention sessions or complete sessions 
  • Group facilitation method (LS/Wooclap)
  • Analysis and sharing of experiences

Evaluation and monitoring methods

Obtaining the certificate for this module requires: 

  • to have passed 75% of the homework to be done outside of class (MCQ, videos, homework, collaborative work, etc.) 
  • to have attended at least 75% of the course sessions 

Assessment of student satisfaction

At the end of the training, a satisfaction questionnaire will be completed by each participant so that they can assess the relevance of the content of the training with regard to their professional practice and the achievement of their objectives.


  • Special rate : €800 including tax
  • Company/agreement rate : €920 including tax