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Recent Publications (abstracts)
Stamenova and Hinshelwood (eds.)
Research into the Unconscious
Routledge, published November 2017 -- https://www.routledge.com/Methods-of-Research-into-the-Unconscious-Applying-Psychoanalytic-Ideas/Stamenova-Hinshelwood/p/book/9781138326613
Also a summary of my view of clinical research (Research on the Couch -- 2013)
Psychoanalytic research: Personal reflections (2018) British Journal of Psychotherapy 34: 529-548
Abstract: Single Case Studies and Psychoanalytic Knowledge. Psychoanalytic theories, often dismissed when first proposed, have been subjected to more serious critical attack for several decades, and thoughtful responses need to be given. This paper summarizes some of my thinking (and that of others) around two issues which constrain the parameters of psychoanalytic research and on which some believe psychoanalytic research has foundered. The first is the problem of subjectivity in contrast to the bedrock of objectivity in the natural sciences; and the second is the inappropriateness of large sample research (as used by many experimental psychologists) for the task of investigating the nature and effectiveness of psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysts have to rely instead on single cases. Brief accounts are given here of research paradigms appropriate to the investigation and validation of psychoanalytic theory and practice.
Accepted for Publication:
John Rickman behind the scenes: The influence of Lewin’s field theory on practice, countertransference and W.R. Bion (2019) International Journal of Psychoanalysis 100: (in press)
Abstract: In this paper, I shall introduce Kurt Lewin’s field theory of social groups to show the impact at the time (1930s and 1940s) on the conceptualisation of the clinical setting in psychoanalysis. John Rickman is now little known, although these ideas were brought by him to psychoanalysis. And through his mentoring of his one-time analysand, Wilfred Bion, they influenced psychiatry in world War 2, and helped to set the direction ever since of a number of developments, including the evolution of a form of group therapy, the Tavistock Institute approach to organisations, and not least to the new thinking about countertransference in clinical practice after 1950.