Treatment of insomnia by paradoxical intention: A time-series analysis

Helmut Relinger, Philip H. Bornstein, Dan M Mungas

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Paradoxical instructions were presented to an individual suffering from chronic insomnia. To control for improvement attributable to demand characteristics alone, counterdemand manipulations were utilized during the treatment period. Results, analyzed via time series analysis, indicated significant improvement on five of eight self-recorded sleep dimensions. These findings were discussed with regard to the hypothesized interruption of the "exacerbation cycle".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)955-959
Number of pages5
JournalBehavior Therapy
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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