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Finding a voice of one's own: The development of a unique, authentic manner as retrospectively reported by highly experienced relational psychoanalysts


2008 2008

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The goal of this qualitative study is to explore the developmental process of experienced clinicians, encouraging reflections that describe the emergence of a truer sense of self as a therapist and highly personal and unique manner of working. Nine psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists who self-identified as relationally-oriented, with an average of 25 years of clinical practice, were interviewed. Findings from this project include resounding themes of (1) integration, (2) influence and vulnerability in the therapist throughout development, (3) significance of organizing one's ideas and experience, and (4) use of creativity. The significance of these right hemisphere dominant functions to the emergence of an authentic analytic self is highlighted. These findings are then connected to existing research on caregiver-infant dyads, affect regulation, and other models of development. A critique of the methodology employed and implications for further research, as well as for clinical practice and training, are addressed.

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Subject
Developmental psychology;
Psychotherapy;
Psychoanalysis
Classification
0620: Developmental psychology
0622: Psychotherapy
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Developmental stages; Experienced therapist; Professional development; Psychoanalysts; Relational psychoanalysis; Therapist development
Title
Finding a voice of one's own: The development of a unique, authentic manner as retrospectively reported by highly experienced relational psychoanalysts
Author
Vinton, Elizabeth A.
Number of pages
123
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
1005
Source
DAI-B 69/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549491545
Advisor
Davis, Terri M.
University/institution
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Psy.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3303073
ProQuest document ID
304806268
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304806268
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