After interpretation. : Third position utterances in psychoanalysis

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Peräkylä , A 2011 , ' After interpretation. Third position utterances in psychoanalysis ' , Research on Language and Social Interaction , vol. 44 , no. 3 , pp. 288-316 .

Title: After interpretation. : Third position utterances in psychoanalysis
Author: Peräkylä, Anssi
Contributor organization: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Date: 2011-08-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 28
Belongs to series: Research on Language and Social Interaction
ISSN: 0835-1813
Abstract: Using 58 audio recorded sessions of psychoanalysis (coming from two analysts and three patients) as data and conversation analysis as method, this paper shows how psychoanalysts deal with patients’ responses to interpretations. After the analyst offers an interpretation, the patient responds: at that point (in the “third position”), the analysts recurrently modify the tenor of the description from what it was in the patients’ responses. They intensify the emotional valence of the description, or they reveal layers of the patients’ experience other than those that the patient reported. Both are usually accomplished in an implicit, non-marked way, and they discreetly index possible opportunities for the patients to modify their understandings of the initial interpretation. Although the patients usually do not fully endorse these modifications, the data available suggests that during the sessions that follow, the participants do work with the aspects of patients’ experience that the analyst highlighted. In discussion, it is suggested that actions that the psychoanalysts produce in therapy, such as choices of turn design in third position, may be informed by working understanding of the minds and mental conflicts of individual patients, alongside the more general therapeutic model of mind they hold to.
Description: WOS:000299260300004
Subject: 5141 Sociology
conversation analysis
515 Psychology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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