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    On claiming a psychoanalytic identity

    Spurling, Laurence (2018) On claiming a psychoanalytic identity. Psychoanalytic Quarterly 87 (4), pp. 667-693. ISSN 0033-2828.

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    In this paper I describe how I have struggled to find a viable identity for myself as a “psychoanalytic psychotherapist”. Such clinical entities have been constructed by employing a particular logic, that of using parameters, which sets up an ideal of psychoanalytic practice from which all other forms of practice are meant to deviate. I argue, by means of a clinical example, that this way of thinking distorts our understanding of the analytic process. At an institutional level it deflects from the need to map out how we actually practice (rather than how we ought to practice), which we need to know so we can address real differences in approaches and levels of knowledge and skill.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Laurence Spurling
    Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2018 14:22
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:43


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