Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To quickly return to the issue’s Table of Contents from an article…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

You can go back to to the issue’s Table of Contents in one click by clicking on the article title in the article view. What’s more, it will take you to the specific place in the TOC where the article appears.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Künstlicher, R. (1999). What is psychoanalytic research?. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 22(1):102-107.

(1999). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 22(1):102-107

What is psychoanalytic research?

Rolf Künstlicher

The constantly recurring debates about what psychoanalytic research is reflects our lack of faith in the instruments of psychoanalytic inquiry and their usefulness as a source of new knowledge. This lack of confidence in our field of knowledge contributes, as I see it, to the identity crisis we are living with today.

For decades, we have been witness to the unparalleled success of psychoanalytic theory constructions in our cultural environment. This has helped to foster a cover-up of the profound uncertainty psychoanalysts harbor about what psychoanalysis really is, and is probably one reason for the singular lack of institutional criticism that further undermines our professional identity. The result of this has been that we respond to legitimate criticism in terms of projections and that we place the blame on patients and the outside world. Self-critical examination has all too often failed to materialize (Widlöcher, 1998).

This being so, our cardinal task ought to be the critical investigation of the foundations of psychoanalysis with the conditions of psychoanalysis as a starting point. If we proceed in this way, we may be able to define and take responsibility for the clinical practice we work with.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.