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Stensson, J. (2001). On Writing Psychoanalysis. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 10(3-4):191-195.

(2001). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 10(3-4):191-195

On Writing Psychoanalysis

Jan Stensson, Ph.D.

Questions regarding truth and evidence in psychoanalytic writing are discussed. Excerpts from recent texts by Betty Joseph and Michael Eigen are analyzed from the point of view of their use of language. While Joseph seems to aim at literal, representative descriptions, Eigen writes in a poetic, allegorical way. Some characteristics of allegorical writing are further outlined with reference to Schleiermacher's distinction between grammatical and musical aspects of language.

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