PARADOXICAL INTENTION

initially performed by Austrian psychiatrist Viktor K. Frankl, a psychotherapeutic method wherein the patient is asked to exaggerate an uncomfortable, undesired symptom. The intent is to aid patients in distancing themselves from their symptoms, frequently by acknowledging the funny facets of their magnified responses. In this way patients can recognize that the expected catastrophic consequences credited to their symptoms are not likely to arise. Paradoxical intention might be utilized to treat anxiety illnesses or dysfunctions but isn't adequate for suicidal behavior or schizophrenia.

PARADOXICAL INTENTION: "The therapists belonging to the practice are all familiar with paradoxical intentions."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PARADOXICAL INTENTION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/paradoxical-intention/ (accessed December 9, 2019).
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