Splitting and projection: Drawing on psychodynamics in educational psychology practice

Pellegrini, Dario W (2010) Splitting and projection: Drawing on psychodynamics in educational psychology practice. Educational Psychology in Practice, 26 (3). pp. 251-260. ISSN 0266-7363 (print) ; 1469-5839 (electronic)

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This paper reflects the author's journey into an area of psychology which is not dominant in Educational Psychology discourse, namely psychodynamic psychology. Two psychodynamic mechanisms, namely splitting and projection are explained, and then the author describes and critiques how these mechanisms have proved useful in his practice. Two case studies are presented to illustrate how a reflective stance guided by psychodynamic concepts was fruitful in analysing and, sometimes, removing emotional obstacles in the author's practice. Finally a hypothesis is formulated to explain the apparent lack of educational psychologists' interest in psychodynamic psychology.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychodynamic Psychology, Educational Psychology
Subjects: Learning & Education > Educational Psychology
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
URI: https://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/424

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