Pragmatics of Human Communication: A Study of Interactional Patterns, Pathologies, and Paradoxes / Edition 1

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Overview

In this study of pragmatic (behavioral) effects of human communication, disturbed behavior is seen as a communicative reaction to a particular situation rather than evidence of the disease of an individual mind.
Communication is a relationship that is qualitatively different from the "properties" of the individuals involved.
After defining certain general concepts, the authors present basic characteristics of human communication and illustrate their manifestations and potential pathologies. Then the systemic aspects of human interactions that arise from the patterning of specific characteristics of communication are exemplified by the analysis of Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
They then extend it to psychotherapeutic double binds and the technique of "prescribing the symptom." In conclusion, they postulate about man's communication with reality in the existential sense.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393010091
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1967
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Watzlawick was an associate at the Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, and clinical professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Stanford University Medical Center. An internationally known psychologist, Watzlawick died in 2007.

Janet Beavin Bavelas is a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Victoria.

The late Don D. Jackson was a founder and director of the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, and associate professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He was coauthor, with Paul Wazlawick and Janet Beavin Bavelas, of Pragmatics of Human Communication.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2004

    The third dimension of psychotherapy

    Psychotherapy went througth different phases, from the initial moral therapy of the 18th century, to the freudian psychanalytic revolution that was followed shortly by behavioral psychology.. Pragmatics of human communication represented a third way of understanding human psychology.. systemic psychoatherapy .. I Found this book challenging and amusing at the same time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2003

    Wow!

    This book is one of the best on human interaction. It shows us why we fall into certain patterns and end up trapped in our own interaction cycles. If you are looking for insight about what is really going on in relationships, this is a great book! It is slightly technical but the majority is understandable to most people without much expertise in communication or psychology. A book that is even more understandable and insightful is The Ever-Transcending Spirit by Toru Sato. Both authors are excellent and are forerunners in the field of relationships right now. I'd recommend both very much!

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