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Presentation of Gorgio Nardone's problem-solving model by Roberta Prato Previde during a web-conference on procrastination (which will serve as an example).

The model to which we refer is that of Giorgio Nardone. He founded with Paul Watzlawick, the Strategic Therapy Center in Arezzo, Italy in 1987.


It is a model based on the concept of “attempted solutions”.
And it is these solutions which make it possible to unblock the situation which explain the problem.

"The problem is the solution" (Paul Watzlawick)

This model is effective, efficient, reproducible, predictive and teachable.

Practitioners who refer to this model focus on solutions and not on causes.

One can indeed wonder why intelligent people and excellent professionals pursue their way with solutions that do not work. The reason is that they were probably functional at one time but then became dysfunctional.

In the case of Johann that we studied, postponing his work must have been a solution. Today, it is the problem and one can even speak of a debacle.

The disadvantages of relative success achieved in the past become traps in themselves (or psycho-traps or self-deceptions).

Giogio Nardone distinguishes 3 types of related psycho-trap:

  • At the thought
  • take action
  • Has pathological combinations from thought and action leading to different implementation strategies.

Psycho-traps and logics:

  • Psychological avoidance and control are traps of action.
  • Belief is a trap of thought.

And if we build our own traps it is difficult for us to free ourselves from them.

For example, while procrastination can have benefits at times, putting it off most often leads to suffering.

"26% of the population suffers from procrastination and for 40% of those affected, it leads them to suffer or cause financial loss."

Procrastination is a more subtle strategy than avoidance because it gives the illusion of voluntary choice; “I will do it later, tomorrow, in the week……”

But of course, this is just an illusion.