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
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An attitude toward a person based on a distorted evaluation, usually due to identifying that person with emotionally significant individuals from the past.
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