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parataxic distortion

noun, Psychiatry.
a distortion in perception, especially of interpersonal relationships, based on a tendency to perceive others in accordance with a pattern determined by previous experiences.
Origin of parataxic distortion
First recorded in 1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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parataxic distortion in Medicine

parataxic distortion par·a·tax·ic distortion (pār'ə-tāk'sĭk)
An attitude toward person based on a distorted evaluation, usually due to identifying that person with emotionally significant individuals from the past.

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