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External problem (cf. Internal problem)

An external problem is any problem that is "out in the world" and does not necessarily include the problems of internal conflicts between Now and Next or between Oneself and Others

For example, consider a wife who is upset with her husband because he forgot their anniversary. This scenario includes an internal problem: she's blaming her husband and also blaming herself for blaming her husband. She likely is having both Now-Next conflicts as well as Oneself-Others conflicts. But she's also interested in having a conversation with her husband so that she can feel more cherished and adored by him; how to have this conversation is an external problem.

All internal problems can be resolved using the FFI toolkit, the NNI toolkit, and the OOI toolkit.

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