The Historical Evolution and Use of the Double Bind Theory

Kenneth Silvestri
ILLUMINATION-Curated
16 min readOct 4, 2021

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“…the multiple insults, the double binds and invasions that we all experience in life, the impact (to use an inappropriate physical work) whereby experience corrupts our epistemology, challenging the core of our existence, and thereby seducing us into a false cult of the ego — what I am suggesting is that the process whereby double binds and other traumas teach us false epistemology is already well advanced in most occidentals and perhaps most orientals, and that those whom we call “schizophrenics” are those in whom the endless kicking against the pricks has become intolerable.” Gregory Bateson

The following is adapted and updated from my article, “Living Life in an Evolving Context and the Ecology of Self.”* I believe it has relevance to and can be used as a starting point to assess and create solutions to contemporary therapeutic contexts and socio-political patterns.

“The Paradoxical Here and Now” with permission from Natasha Rabin ©

A paradox is a contradiction arising from something being, for example, good on one level (i.e., DDT spray enables farmers to grow “better” crops), and in conflict with something on another, wider level i.e., DDT spray has been found to destroy different species of birds (Commoner,1972). A means of beginning to dissolve the paradoxes would be to see things in their wider interconnectedness. The use of the double bind, for instance, describes a holistic…

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Kenneth Silvestri
ILLUMINATION-Curated

Dr. Kenneth Silvestri, is a psychotherapist, certified homeopath, poet, and author of A Wider Lens; Train Romance; and Legacy Poems, www.drkennethsilvestri.com