Clinical and observational psychoanalytic research: roots of by Joseph Sandler

By Joseph Sandler

There are few issues in psychoanalysis at the present time extra arguable than where of analysis in justifying or increasing upon analytic idea. it is a choice of papers offered at a convention held in London - with extra fabric - exploring the paintings of the relevant discussants, Andre eco-friendly and Daniel Stern.

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Why is it important? Why am I concerned? how do I show the situation as it is? What kind of baseline data do I need to gather to do this? what can I do about the situation? What will I do? How will I do it? how will I gather data and generate evidence to show the situation as it develops? how do I check that any conclusions I come to are reasonably fair and justifiable? How do I test the validity of any provisional claims to knowledge? how do I modify my ideas and practices in light of my evaluation?

He said that on this landscape is a high, hard ground, populated by people who are seen as intellectual elites. Their job is to produce ‘pure’ theory. Down below, in the swampy lowlands (Schön’s words 1983: 43, 1995: 28), live practitioners whose job is to apply the elites’ pure theory to their practices. The kind of knowledge that practitioners produce is useful, everyday knowledge. The irony for Schön is that the pure theory generated by the elites often has limited use value, and yet is valued by elites and practitioners alike as legitimate theory, whereas the everyday knowledge generated by the practitioners has wide applicability, and yet may not be called valid theory.

We recognise that we are situated in a specific situation in our world and we investigate that world in order to understand it better, prior to taking action of different kinds within it. We can also contribute to the subject knowledge base of our own profession through explaining how we have improved our professional knowledge and are using it for the benefit of those we serve. Appadurai (1996) says we have a right to research, to know what is happening in everyday situations in order to make judgements about its 32 Prologue rightness and potential value.

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