There are many different strategies in psychotherapy. One is paradoxical intervention – the shock of the unexpected. Eric Berne, the father of Transactional Analysis, was an unusual psychiatrist in several respects. Not only did he originate a novel and very effective system of theory and practice; he was also witty – some of his saying and writings are very amusing – and he was a keen poker player who liked to win his bets.
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A good instance of paradoxical intervention.