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 theory – including usually on the price of medical representation. therefore, his contributions are often interesting, but their application within the healing surroundings could be tricky to pinpoint. Lacanian Psychotherapy fills during this medical hole by way of offering theoretical discussions in transparent, obtainable language and making use of them to a number of chapter-length case reports, thereby demonstrating their medical relevance. The valuable problem of the ebook is the usefulness of Lacan's proposal that the subconscious is based like and via language. this idea implies a weird demeanour of listening ("to the letter") and intervention, which Miller applies to a couple of universal scientific concerns – including together with case formula, goals, transference, and diagnosis – including all within the context of real-world psychotherapy.
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We should be careful not to assume that some psychodynamic theory, by virtue of appearing simpler and more accessible, or by virtue of drawing out strong emotional responses in the reader or the patient, is operating on principles that are in fact simple or straightforward at all. Even if it is, its apparent intuitive and simple nature does not make it any more noble or correct than any other set of propositions. Further, there is no guarantee that simple theories make for a simpler life for the patient, one that is less cluttered and weighed down by the painful complexity of her symptoms.
In Poe’s story, the letter is a threat to the ego identities of several people, among them the queen to whom it was originally addressed. Whatever the contents of the letter, we know that she needs to hide it from the king, which shows us that the person she is supposed to be (her ego identity), the loyal queen, is no longer in agreement with the person she is (her subjectivity), since her loyalty is sullied by hiding the letter from the king. She therefore (dis)places the letter on a table in the presence of the minister and the king in order to maintain the appearance of propriety and harmony with her ego identity, making the letter look unimportant.
E patient, in her dismay, left treatment in short order, abandoning Emanuel for a manual. How did that happen? We can find a number of potential answers in the therapeutic relationship, or the therapist’s competence, or the patient’s anxiety level. But we have the benefit of having been told already— it was about research, and indirectly, then, about the power the positivist research paradigm has gained over the practice of psychotherapy. 28 • Lacanian Psychotherapyï»¿ ἀ e positivist conviction that there is one objective truth and one way to find it (experimental method) still dominates psychology long after some of the “harder” sciences have begun to note their uneasiness in its embrace.