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The Bateson Project (1953 to 1963) was the name given to a ground-breaking collaboration organized by Gregory Bateson beginning in 1953 which was responsible for some of the most important papers and innovations in communication and psychotherapy in the 1950s and early 1960s. Its members were Gregory Bateson, Don Jackson, Jay Haley, John Weakland, and Bill Fry. Perhaps the most famous and influential publication of the Project was "Towards a Theory of Schizophrenia", which introduced the concept of the Double Bind.[1]


  1. Bateson, G., Jackson, D., Haley, J., & Weakland, J. (1956). Toward a theory of schizophrenia. Behavioral Science, 1, 251-264)

Further reading

  • "Development of a theory: A history of a research project", in C. Sluzki & D. Ransom (Eds.). Double bind: The foundation of the communicational approach to the family. NY: Grune & Stratton, Publishers.
  • "One thing leads to another", by John Weakland, in C. Wilder-Mott & J. Weakland (Eds.) Rigor & Imagination: Essays from the legacy of Gregory Bateson. NY: Praeger.
  • Change: Principles of Problem Formation and Problem Resolution, with Paul Watzlawick and Richard Fisch (WW Norton, NY, 1974).
  • The Interactional View: Studies at the Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, 1965-1974, edited with Paul Watzlawick (WW Norton, NY, 1979).

External links

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