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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (April 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393707075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393707076
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Watzlawick was an associate at the Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, and clinical professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Stanford University Medical Center. An internationally known psychologist, Watzlawick died in 2007.

Janet Beavin Bavelas is a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Victoria.

The late Don D. Jackson was a founder and director of the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, and associate professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He was coauthor, with Paul Wazlawick and Janet Beavin Bavelas, of Pragmatics of Human Communication.

Bill O’Hanlon, is a founder of Possibility and Inclusive Therapies and is the author or coauthor of more than thirty books, including Out of the Blue, Becoming A Published Therapist, and Quick Steps to Resolving Trauma. He is a Diplomate, Board Member, Fellow and Master Therapist in the American Psychotherapy Association and was awarded the "Outstanding Mental Health Educator of the Year" in 2001 by the New England Educational Institute. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit his website for more information: BillOHanlon.com.

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I highly recommend this book to all people interested in interaction and communication.
Prof. R. Paris
The last chapter of this book, which I first read over 30 years ago, and still remember to this day, is a true stunner, especially the last sentence.
rmckim
I stuck with it because the book is so readable, and the points the author makes are so eye-opening, that I truly enjoyed reading it.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Prof. R. Paris on August 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read this book some 30 years ago, as a graduate student. I was then highly impressed by its cogency and readability. Rereading it now, I have nothing to change in my highest rating of this unusual book. Now that I am going back to teaching, I will certainly use it if there is a Spanish translation available. I have read other works by Watzlawick, but this one remains without a doubt his best. I wish he'd write a new edition, since I am sure he's accumulated countless experiences and ideas in the years that have elapsed. I highly recommend this book to all people interested in interaction and communication.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Claude on February 29, 2004
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This book has the trappings of a typical academic, scholarly work, with ten zillion references and each chapter broken down into sections (1.1, 1.2, etc.) discussing a specific topic in each section. By section 1.2 (not far into the book!), I was becoming put off, because the author launched into a discussing of "the mathematical concept of functions." As I "sat through" this explanation, I was wondering "why the hell am I reading about mathematical function in a book titled the Pragmatics of Communication." Still, I stuck with it, and later in the book, the author tied everything together. I stuck with it because the book is so readable, and the points the author makes are so eye-opening, that I truly enjoyed reading it. I suspect you will, to, regardless of the level of your interest in academic or scholarly works! One thing about a great book - you get an appetite for more! Unfortunately, based on other reviewers comments, other Watzlawick works do not rise to the level shown here, so if you have to chose one, chose this one!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ken Edelston on December 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book has had a profound influence on my life. Not a day goes by that I do not use the knowledge of interactional patterns that I gleaned from Watzlawick et al. I have used these concepts in my therapy practice, in everyday life, in fights with my wife, and in understanding both historical and current world events. The writing is clear and understandable. The concepts are elegant. This is a must read for any student of human behavior.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By edion@escna.fr on March 18, 1999
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How could I be the first person to rate this universal masterpiece? This is one of the 5 to 10 books that should be read by everybody. It has some absolute value, regardless of the historical or personal contingencies of the reader. If you miss it it will only be your fault...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2003
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This book is one of the best on human interaction. It shows us why we fall into certain patterns and end up trapped in our own interaction cycles. If you are looking for insight about what is really going on in relationships, this is a great book. It is slightly technical but the majority is understandable to most people without much expertise in communication or psychology. A book that is even more understandable and insightful is Rhythm, Relationships, and Transcendence by Toru Sato. Both authors are excellent and are forerunners in the field of relationships right now. I'd recommend both very much!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2003
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This book opens a new door to your life. It shows us how interpersonal interaction can be very simple if you grasp a few basic things. This book has made my relationships simple and easy. If you are having trouble with relationships, read this book! And when you are ready for one more step, read "The Ever-Transcending Spirit" by Toru Sato. This book will take you one step further in your development!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By rmckim on December 3, 2006
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Ever heard of "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert Pirsig? Well, POHC goes even further - towards a mathematical truth about our very existence. This book is far more than its title suggests. Quite simply it is the second most important book I've EVER read... and Pirsig's is not the first, either.

The last chapter of this book, which I first read over 30 years ago, and still remember to this day, is a true stunner, especially the last sentence. The truth therein is timeless. When I finished it, I remained seated for a very long time, contemplating a cosmic truth which has never dimmed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nyabo on February 10, 2012
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I read this book years ago and it has continued to shape my worldview and thinking for decades. Time and time again people applaud my thinking, but I must admit it's only because I'm well read with books like this. This should be a must read for every human being.
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