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    Above all, in comedy, and again and again since classical times, passages can be found in which the level of representation is interrupted by references to the spectators or to the fictive nature of the play.
    — Paul Watzlawick
    tags: time  nature  comedy 
     
    The counterpart of the suicide is the seeker; but the difference between them is slight.
    — Paul Watzlawick
    tags: suicide 
     
    It follows from the assumption of a universally valid ideology, just as night follows day, that other positions are heresy.
    — Paul Watzlawick
    tags: night 
     
    Radical constructivism, thus, is radical because it breaks with convention and develops a theory of knowledge in which knowledge does not reflect an 'objective' ontological reality.
    — Paul Watzlawick
    tags: reality  radical 
     
    For an answer which cannot be expressed the question too cannot be expressed. The riddle does not exist.
    — Paul Watzlawick
    tags: questions 
     
    In other words, what is supposedly found is an invention whose inventor is unaware of his act of invention, who considers it as something that exists independently of him; the invention then becomes the basis of his world view and actions.
    — Paul Watzlawick
    tags: world  action 
     
    A self-fulfilling prophecy is an assumption or prediction that, purely as a result of having been made, cause the expected or predicted event to occur and thus confirms its own 'accuracy.'
    — Paul Watzlawick
    Usually a person relates to another under the tacit assumption thatthe other shares his view of reality, that indeed there is only onereality.
    — Paul Watzlawick
    tags: people  reality  shares 
     
    It obviously makes a difference whether we consider ourselves as pawns in a game whose rules we call reality or as players of the game who know that the rules are "real' only to the extent that we have created or accepted them, and that we can change them.
    — Paul Watzlawick
    tags: reality  rules  games 
     
    Frank Farrelly. . .must be thought of with respect (perhaps even delight?) by his clients who have so far played the game of therapy with their therapists, but, I am afraid, also a shocking example for those therapists who, in Laing's words, 'are playing at not playing a game'.
    — Paul Watzlawick
    Our everyday, traditional ideas of reality are delusions which we spend substantial parts of our daily lives shoring up, even at the considerable risk of trying to force facts to fit our definition of reality instead of vice versa.
    — Paul Watzlawick
    Maturity is doing what you think is best, even when your mother thinks it's a good idea.
    — Paul Watzlawick
    tags: maturity  ideas  mother 
     
    That we do not discover reality but rather invent it is quite shocking for many people. And the shocking part about it - according to the concept of radical constructivism - is that the only thing we can ever know about the real reality (if it even exists) is what it is not. It is only with the collapse of our constructions of reality that we first discover that the world is not the way we imagine.
    — Paul Watzlawick
    It is difficult to imagine how any behavior in the presence of another person can avoid being a communication of one's own view of the nature of one's relationship with that person and how it can fail to influence that person.
    — Paul Watzlawick
    Maturity" is the ability to do something even though your parents have recommended it.
    — Paul Watzlawick
    tags: parent 
     
    You cannot not communicate. Every behavior is a kind of communication. Because behavior does not have a counterpart (there is no anti-behavior), it is not possible not to communicate.
    — Paul Watzlawick
    The belief that one's own view of reality is the only reality is the most dangerous of all delusions.
    — Paul Watzlawick
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