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'Characters' in psychoanalytic and interpersonal therapy: a comparison

Spurling, Laurence S. (2012) 'Characters' in psychoanalytic and interpersonal therapy: a comparison. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 26 (3), pp. 230-244. ISSN 0266-8734.

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In this paper the author considers how the therapist might listen to the characters talked about by his or her patients. In psychoanalytic therapy the emphasis is on listening to the patient’s characters as though they are located in psychic reality and as representatives of the transference relationship, whereas in interpersonal therapy (IPT) the patient’s characters are taken as inhabiting the realm of external reality. It is argued that clinical thinking in IPT would be enhanced by taking more account of psychic reality, which will make clearer the quality of external reality in which the patient’s characters are located. It is also argued that both therapies share an interest in enabling the patient to find characters which can serve as holograms of previously unexpressed affective experience.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): characters, interpersonal therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, realms of reality
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
Depositing User: Dr Laurence Spurling
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2012 13:58
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33

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