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paradoxical intention


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A technique of logotherapy and behaviour therapy, used in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, in which the client or patient deliberately and repeatedly rehearses a habit or unwanted pattern of thought or behaviour, with the aim of developing a less fearful attitude towards it, gaining control over it, or bringing about its elimination or extinction (2). Also called negative practice. See also paradoxical therapy.

Subjects: Psychology.


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