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The Interactional View

Paul Watzlawick

Interpersonal Communication—Relationship Maintenance

Theory Overview (7th Edition)

Abstracts appear in Appendix A of the text

Relationships within a family system are interconnected and highly resistant to change. Communication among members has a content component and a relationship component that centers on issues of control. The system can be transformed only when members receive outside help to reframe their metacommunication. (Cybernetics tradition)

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