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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.

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)