Paradoxical Interventions

Leverage for Therapeutic Change in Individual and Family Systems
  • Lyman C. Wynne


The creation of a regressive transference in classical psychoanalytic treatment of individuals can be regarded as a form of paradoxical intervention. The paradox is that the regressive instability generates stability. As the patient’s associations become more “free,” he goes into increasing psychological disequilibrium which then appears to produce, homeostatically, a reduced disequilibrium.


Anorexia Nervosa Family Therapy Family System Dyadic Relationship Family Boundary 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lyman C. Wynne
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryRochester, New YorkUSA

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