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. Sweeney (1975) described different strategies for gathering lifestyle data, including investigating the family constellation, discussing early recollections and important life turning points, and conducting a psychological interview.
Parataxic distortions are inappropriate ways of reacting to others and are based on previous experiences, usually in the family of origin (Sullivan, 1953).
This revelation disconfirmed two of Brian's long held parataxic distortions: First, that others will reject him; and second, that he dare not bring up his fears and insecurities.