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collective cognitive chaos

This term was used by Wynne to describe the ways in which certain families with a schizophrenic member manifest overall transactional sequences that are disjointed, fragmented, and sometimes bizarre, even though individual, isolated statements, considered out of context, may appear quite ordinary.
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Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.: Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)