Foundations of Family Therapy: A Conceptual Framework for Systems Change

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Chapter 6
The Pathological Triad

Foom Communication to Structure

In 1960 John Weakland, one of the original Bateson group researchers, proposed a formal version of the double bind hypothesis involving three-party interaction This was a major shift and heralded a growing interest in family structure rather than communication as a matrix for symptomatology. In his article "The Double Bind Hypothesis of Schizophrenia and Three-Party Interaction", Weakland observed that according to the original double bind theory, the recipient of the double bind was said to be getting obscurely conflicting messages on different levels of communication on which he was not allowed to comment, nor could he leave the field. 1 Weakland then pointed out that this person might be getting obscurely conflicting messages from at least two people, on which he was not allowed to comment, nor could he leave the field. This would be the case with a young schizophrenic and his parents. Weakland says:

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