1. Clients have within themselves the ability to heal the psychological and somatic wounds of their biographical, ancestral and cultural past.
2. Symptoms are unsuccessful attempts by the mind and body to heal itself. Our job is to create a suitable context in which we can encourage symptoms to be successful.
3. The therapist's role is to visit the client's model of the world and unfold solutions that are conducted within the language and logical boundaries of that world.
4. Clean Language is information-centered.
A. The nature of Clean Language is homeopathic: we are looking to language the minimal that excites the curious.
B. One purpose of Clean Language is the identification, gathering and embracing of symptoms. Whereas most therapeutic modalities see symptoms as negative and needing to be excised in the therapy, the art of Clean Language engages and interrogates symptoms until they confess their strengths.
C. The therapist ought to use questions that do not imply a client's answer should be restricted to a certain modality -- the worst offenders being 'How do you feel about that?' and 'What do you think?'.
D. A therapist's question should be formed in such a way as to not contaminate the client's model of the world with presuppositions inherent in the way a question is asked.
E. Normal dyadic discourse is OK for social conversation, but is not much given to the delivery of language as a healing art.
F. Clean Language encourages ................