parataxic distortion


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par·a·tax·ic dis·tor·tion

an attitude toward another person based on a distorted evaluation, usually because of too close an identification of that person with emotionally significant figures in phases of the patient's earlier life.

parataxic distortion

[per′ətak′sik]
Etymology: Gk, para + taxis, arrangement
1 a defense mechanism in which current interpersonal relationships are perceived and judged according to a mode of reference established by an earlier experience.
2 Harry S. Sullivan's term for inaccuracies in judgment and perception. See also transference.

par·a·tax·ic dis·tor·tion

(par'ă-taks'ik dis-tōr'shŭn)
An attitude toward another person based on a distorted evaluation, usually because of too close an identification of that person with other emotionally significant figures in the patient's past life.
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