Lacanian Psychotherapy: Theory and Practical Applications by Michael J. Miller PDF

By Michael J. Miller

The paintings of Jacques Lacan is linked extra with literature and philosophy than mainstream American psychology, due largely to the dense language he employs in articulating his idea together with frequently on the fee of medical representation. accordingly, his contributions are often interesting, but their software within the healing atmosphere may be tough to pinpoint. Lacanian Psychotherapy fills during this scientific hole through offering theoretical discussions in transparent, obtainable language and using them to a number of chapter-length case reviews, thereby demonstrating their scientific relevance. The relevant predicament of the ebook is the usefulness of Lacan's thought that the subconscious is based like and by means of language. this idea implies a unusual demeanour of listening ("to the letter") and intervention, which Miller applies to a few universal scientific issues together with together with case formula, desires, transference, and analysis together with all within the context of real-world psychotherapy.

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Proponents of qualitative research have long been pointing to external (real-world) validity as the weakness of quantitative methods and the strength of their own approach. Happily, these researchers have gained a stronger voice in recent years within American psychology, and an even more impressive influence upon British thinking, yet the experimental method and the RCT Evidence and Psychotherapy • 31 continue to hold sway, especially in the United States. Frequently, we see qualitative research as a supplement to research that is primarily quantitative, but not used as a primary methodology in journals like the American Psychologist.

In figures of speech, alliterations, neologisms, puns, and other peculiarities of language, Freud finds inroads to the meanings of his dreams. , in framing obsessions and phobias), no less than dreams, make unashamed use of the advantages thus offered by words for purposes of condensation and disguise” (p. 341). In his case studies proper, we see Freud’s notion that the ambiguity of the word, or signifier, provides a “nodal point” for discovering the meaning of the symptom, take shape with his patients.

21). Just as the letter in Poe’s story comes to dominate the actions of these characters, the displaced signifier of the unconscious comes to dominate the patient’s behavior via the signifying symptom. Lacan says: Such is the signifier’s answer, beyond all significations: “You believe you are taking action when I am the one making you stir at the bidding of the bonds with which I weave your desires. ” (p. 29) What if the queen were able to freely read her letter, and had no need of hiding it? What if the minister had not staked his identity upon taking it hostage?

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