parataxic distortion


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parataxic distortion

[¦par·ə¦tak·sik di′stȯr·shən]
(psychology)
A perceptual or judgmental distortion of interpersonal relations resulting from the observer's need to pattern his responses on previous experiences and thus defend himself against anxiety.
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Employing an integrated approach, this stage focuses on identifying client's dynamics, including life-style, goals, private logic, and parataxic distortions.
Parataxic distortions are inappropriate ways of reacting to others and are based on previous experiences, usually in the family of origin (Sullivan, 1953).