What Has Psychoanalysis got to do with happiness? Reclaiming the positive in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Music, Graham (2009) What Has Psychoanalysis got to do with happiness? Reclaiming the positive in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 25 (4). pp. 435-455. ISSN Print ISSN: 0265-9883 Online ISSN: 1752-0118 Full text available

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This paper questions whether what is a strength of psychoanalysis – its focus on painful and difficult experiences and its ability to remain in touch with the negative aspects of the personality – might also be an Achilles heel. The paper discusses research from neuroscience, developmental and social psychology to argue that more attention needs to be given to how we work with more positive and hopeful aspects of the personality, and that otherwise psychoanalytic psychotherapists are not working with the whole person. Some clinical examples are used to illustrate how these ideas might be used.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Positive, Happiness, Resilience, Reclamation
Subjects: Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalysis
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
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Depositing User: Ms Angela Douglas
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2010 19:43
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 10:28
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/272

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