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May 1976

Losing a Symptom Through Keeping It: A 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.

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