“The best simply got better. The first edition of this book was already quite simply the best introduction to psychoanalysis ever written and has been appropriately extremely popular with teachers and students alike. The thoroughly updated second edition retains all the powerful features of the first including its remarkable clarity and accessibility. The field will be greatly indebted to these authors for many years.”
–Peter Fonagy, University College London
A Short Introduction to Psychoanalysis offers a user-friendly introduction to arguably the most misunderstood of all the psychological therapies. This fully updated and revised Second Edition explains what psychoanalysis really is and provides the reader with an overview of its basic concepts, historical development, critiques and research base. Demonstrating the far reaching influence of psychoanalysis, the authors - all practicing psychoanalysts - describe how its concepts have been applied beyond the consulting room and examine its place within the spectrum of other psychological theories. The text is enlivened by numerous clinical examples.
New to this Edition:
Discusses parent infant psychotherapy and mentalization-based therapy (MBT); Further investigates psychotherapy in the NHS and the IAPT program, with more on the debate between CBT and analytic approaches; Includes more on dreaming and attachment theory, with added examples; Includes new research studies and addresses the new field of psychosocial studies
This down-to-earth guide provides the ideal ‘way-in’ to the subject for new trainees. For anyone thinking of becoming a psychoanalyst, the book also provides information on the training process and the structure of the profession.
Chapter 6: Psychoanalysis and Research
Psychoanalysis and Research
To research means to investigate systematically and critically, in order to establish facts or reach new conclusions. The psychoanalytic method is itself a research tool for investigating the mind. Research using this tool is the main source of psychoanalytic theory. The psychoanalytic method is also a treatment, and it is through carrying out the treatment that the most significant findings are made.
Psychoanalytic research methodology has been the subject of debate since Freud's use of the single case study method as a basis upon which to make generalisations (see Chapter 3): for example, his use of the case of Anna O for hysteria, the Wolf Man for the infantile causes of illness, and the Schreber case for paranoia. In recent years ...