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communication deviance

This term was introduced by Wynne and Singer to refer to those varieties of communication patterns that distract and befuddle a listener who is attempting to share meaning and a focus of attention with a speaker. These features were first found with high frequency in Rorschach and TAT records of the parents of schizophrenic and borderline patients, but they represent a broader communicational process that is not restricted to such protocols or persons.

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)