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May 1976

Losing a Symptom Through Keeping ItA Review of Paradoxical Treatment Techniques and Rationale

Author Affiliations

From the departments of psychiatry, University of Washington, Seattle (Dr Raskin), and University of Chicago (Dr Klein).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1976;33(5):548-555. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1976.01770050016002

• The therapeutic technique of symptom prescription has been used by practitioners from a variety of clinical schools. This article reviews techniques based on learning theory, symptom redefinition, paradoxical intention, and directive therapy, among other approaches. A conceptual framework for understanding these various approaches is offered, utilizing data from psychoanalysis, learning theory, and interpersonal communication theory.