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Context and Observation in Clinical Psychoanalysis

Context and Observation in Clinical Psychoanalysis:  Can Observations Evaluate Interpretations and Theory?

Dale Boesky, M.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst
Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Psychoanalytic controversies are prolonged by confusion about the evaluation of clinical evidence.  These controversies are prolonged paradoxically not only by disagreements by the adherents of different models but by a frequently unacknowledged agreement.  That agreement is to ignore portions of the available clinical evidence that we do have when we evaluate contradictory theoretic and technical claims.  One method to improve this situation would be to require clarification of how clinical evidence has been contextualized from the associations of the patient.  A widely discussed paper which became the focus of disagreement among a large numer of psychoanalytic authors will serve as a model of numerous psychoanalytic controversies.

Discussant:  Joshua Ehrlich, Ph.D.
Associate Faculty
Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Saturday, November 8, 2003
2-4 p.m.
Michigan Psychoanalytic Center
32841 Middlebelt
Farmington Hills