H aving followed the evolution of family therapy in the last twenty years, it is a moving experience for me to read Lynn Hoffman's account of her struggles, periods of confusion, and the intellectual challenges that have characterized this period of time. Lynn has been an extremely sensitive witness to the evolution of family therapy: aware of the limits of every discovery and of every truth most of us thought to be reliable enough to be enjoyed for a while. Lynn would be the first to feel uncomfortable with an idea and try to move on to a new perspective.
She appears like one who, faced and fascinated by her own or someone else's therapeutic ideology or practice, would spend enough time studying it completely enough to describe it with the appropriate words, and then move on to make an epistemological shift.
I think Lynn experienced and worked through all the significant periods of family therapy, from interventive and strategic to the present so-called postmodern orientation. All these moments are described in some of her books. One of these periods was her interest in the so-called Milan group, of which I was a member. Her visits