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

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Title: Pragmatics of Human Communication: A Study of Interactional Patterns, Pathologies, and Paradoxes
Author: Paul Watzlawick
ISBN: 0393010090
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 1967
Binding: Hardcover
Language: English
Publisher Description:
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.