*About Paradox Psychology-

Paradox psychology is about the art and science of  ‘miraculous change.’

‘Miraculous’- now thats a word that’s likely to get a reaction! It’s surely not a word any self-respecting professional would associate himself.  You might get the impression that ‘this is going to be one of those ‘Holy Roller’ websites … and you might be right!

OK, so maybe we got started off on the wrong foot!                    …But it did get your attention…  


Just Quoting Others - By the way, the word ‘miraculous’ is not of my choosing. Master clinicians who employed paradoxical interventions were time and again cited in the professional literature for achieving ‘miraculous’ results.  These clinicians included: Alfred Adler, Milton Erikson, Victor Frankl, Jay Haley, Salvador Minuchin, Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir, and others. They were all known to use the method with great success. 

Admittedly, if you come from the ‘conventional’ psychology world, the word ‘miraculous’ may come off a bit too “Barnum & Bailey.”

… And yet, (for lack of a better term) ‘miraculous’ is exactly what we are here to discuss.


Explaining The Unexplainable - However to be fair, the word ‘miraculous’ is not fully accurate. After all, ‘miraculous’ refers to something that is unexplainable. However, the purpose of this work is to bring order and understanding to what was previously considered unknowable.

So the main question is whether it is really possible to bring the art and science of miraculous change ‘down-to-earth’.

This work will seek to convey the paradoxical process through theory, treatment, and techniques. Through this process it is hoped that clinicians will learn the depth of this truly powerful approach that goes beyond the  usual ’its just ‘reverse psychology’ explanation.


Who is this geared to - The content of this work is geared toward service providers (psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals). However, ‘armchair psychologists’ are also welcome to enter the intriguing and thought provoking world of paradox psychology. 

As you may have already guessed, Paradox Psychology is an exciting approach that will leave you questioning your assumptions about psychology and treatment. In particular, paradoxical interventions (the techniques based on paradox psychology) are generally counter-intuitive to ‘conventional wisdom.’ As such, such interventions have a reputation for being controversial.


Unifiying behavioral, cognitive, and psychodynamic methods - However, by offering a consise theoretical base we will show how it possible to encompass and unify behavioral, cognitive, or psychodynamic methods under a single umbrella theory.

While behavioral, cognitive, and psycho-dynamic methods have an important place in treatment, these methods are primarily useful when working with those motivated to change; those who are invested in getting their life on track. However methods that are useful with the ‘motivated client’ are often ineffective when working with the treatment-resistant client. However research indicates that  paradoxical interventions have the highest success rate when addressing treatment resistance.


The problem - The problem has always been in providing a viable theory in explaining ‘why it works.’  Previously the theoretical mechanism has remained a ‘mystery.’ Over the last several decades as ‘evidence-based treatment’ became more of a priority, the paradoxical method’s lack of clarity made it’s use less desirable - even though the method was known to be effective. Today, while some clinicians still dabble in the paradoxical approach, it is mostly considered the “method of last resort” when all else has failed.  

The innovation of this work is that the ‘theoretical mystery’ has been solved. As will be discussed, within a simple theory based upon ‘orbits-gravity phenomena’, it becomes possible to explain the depth and mechanism  of this amazing approach. 

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