The form of inquiry that is employed during externalizing conversations can be likened to investigative reporting. The primary goal of investigative reporting is to develop an exposé on the corruption associated with abuses of power and privilege. Although investigative reporters are not politically neutral, the activities of their inquiry do not take them into the domains of problem-solving, of enacting reform, or of engaging in direct power struggles with those who might be perpetuating abuses of power and privilege. Investigative reporters are not usually “hotly” engaged wight he subjects of their investigations. Rather, their actions usually reflect a relatively “cool” engagement.
In response to the investigative questions posed by the therapist, the people in therapy also assume an investigative-reporter-like position. In this way they contribute to building an exposé of the character of the problem, its operations and activities, and the purposes that inform these operations and activities.
— White, Michael (2007). Maps of Narrative Practice. New York: Norton. pp 27 & 28.