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communication, content and relationship aspects

An axiom in the communication theory developed by Paul Watzlawick, Beavin, and Jackson (1967) posits that every interpersonal communication is not only an exchange of information about some subject matter, but also concurrently contains a message regarding the relationship between the interactional partners. This second aspect of communication belongs to a higher logical type and represents a form of metacommunication.

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)

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