Paul Watzlawick

Paul Watzlawick was an associate at the Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, and clinical professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Stanford University Medical Center. An internationally known psychologist, Watzlawick died in 2007.

Books by Paul Watzlawick

  1. Book CoverChange: Principles of Problem Formation and Problem Resolution


    Why some problems persist while others are resolved.More

  2. Book CoverThe Interactional View


    This book contains articles by members and associates of the Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, based on their work in family therapy during the period 1965-1974.More

  3. Book CoverThe Invented Reality: How Do We Know What We Believe We Know?


    Common sense suggests that reality can be discovered. In contrast, constructivism postulates that what we call reality is a personal interpretation, a particular way of looking at the world acquired through communication. Reality is, therefore, not discovered, but literally invented.More

  4. Book CoverThe Language of Change: Elements of Therapeutic Communication


    In this groundbreaking book, a world authority on human communication and communication therapy points out a basic contradiction in the way therapists use language.More

  5. Book CoverMunchhausen's Pigtail: Or Psychotherapy and "Reality"


    Citing the mythical Baron von Munchhausen's method of rescuing himself and his horse from drowning by hoisting himself up by his pigtail, Paul Watzlawick, in this collection of essays and lectures, asks: do we – by choosing to see the world in a particular way – blind...More

  6. Book CoverPragmatics of Human Communication: A Study of Interactional Patterns, Pathologies and Paradoxes


    The properties and function of human communication.More

  7. Book CoverThe Situation Is Hopeless But Not Serious


    Calling upon metaphors, vignettes, jokes, innuendos, and certain other "right-hemispheric" language games, Paul Watzlawick shows how we can (and do) make everyday life miserable.
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  8. Book CoverUltra-Solutions: How to Fail Most Successfully


    In his international best seller, The Situation Is Hopeless, But Not Serious, Paul Watzlawick showed us how to become unhappiness experts. Now in a new volume he turns to our strivings for ultra-solutions--those final solutions that do away with the problem and just about everything else. (A perfect ultra-solution lies in that old medical joke: "The operation was successful, but the patient died.")More