PARADOXICAL DIRECTIVE

an instruction by a therapy professional toward the client to do exactly the opposite of what common sense would guide one to do in effort to show the irrationality or self-defeating nature of the patient's initial intent.

PARADOXICAL DIRECTIVE: "Paradoxical directives are actually very effective therapeutic methods!"
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PARADOXICAL DIRECTIVE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/paradoxical-directive/ (accessed December 3, 2019).
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