A Pretty Taste for Paradox

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(7), 558–559. Reviews the book, Paradox and Counterparadox: A New Model in the Therapy of the Family in Schizophrenic Transaction by Mara Selvini Palazzoli, Luigi Boscolo, Gianfranco Cecchin, and Giuliana Prata (1978). This book summarizes some of the early work and findings derived from a psychotherapeutic approach to families in schizophrenic transaction. Their approach embodies contributions from general systems theory, communications theory, and cybernetics in understanding the dynamics of family behavior and interaction. But there is no clear delineation of the criteria used in establishing the diagnosis of schizophrenic family members, nor are there clear indications as to how the families in schizophrenic transaction were distinguished from other disturbed families. Those seriously interested in family dynamics, family therapy, and the role of the family in the development of schizophrenic interaction would probably find this book provocative, refreshing, and ultimately rewarding. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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