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disconfirmation/disqualification

Disqualification is a communication mode that deprives one's own statements, or those of an interactional partner, of any clear meaning. If self-definition is the speaker's object, then disconfirmation has a negative effect on the development of personal identity.
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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)