Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Watzlawick, Paul

  • Cezanne M. EliasEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_756


Paul Watzlawick (1921–2007).


Paul Watzlawick is a major contributor to the field of family therapy for his contributions to communication, constructivist, and brief family therapies. He is also known for his contributions to the interactional view of human behavior. He wrote over 150 articles and 22 books that have been translated into more than 80 languages.


In 1949, Watzlawick earned his doctorate in philosophy and modern languages from the University of Venice. He then trained at the Carl Jung Institute in Zurich. He taught at the University of El Salvador School of Psychology and Medicine before joining the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in 1960. During his career, Watzlawick was a founding member of the MRI Brief Therapy Center team, a senior research fellow at MRI, and Professor Emeritus at the Stanford School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Watzlawick received numerous awards including the Distinguished Achievement Award...

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  1. Watlawick, P. (1984). The invented reality. New York: WW Norton.Google Scholar
  2. Watzlawick, P. (1976). How real is real. New York: WW Norton.Google Scholar
  3. Watzlawick, P. (1978). The language of change. New York: WW Norton.Google Scholar
  4. Watzlawick, P., Beavin, J. H., & Jackson, D. D. (1967). Pragmatics of human communication. New York: Norton.Google Scholar
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  1. 1.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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  • Eli Karam
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  1. 1.University of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA