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Spence, D.P. (1982). Narrative Truth and Historical Truth: Meaning and Interpretation in Psychoanalysis. London and New York: W.W Norton and Company.

Spence, D.P. (1982). Narrative Truth and Historical Truth. , 1-305. London and New York: W.W Norton and Company.

Narrative Truth and Historical Truth: Meaning and Interpretation in Psychoanalysis Related Papers

Donald P. Spence


Foreword 9
Acknowledgments 15
Chapter I: The Narrative Tradition 21
Chapter II: Putting Things into Words 39
Chapter III: Putting Pictures into Words 55
Chapter IV: Unwitting Interpretation 81
Chapter V: Formal Interpretation 137
Chapter VI: Narrative Fit and Becoming True 175
Chapter VII: Psychoanalytic Competence 215
Chapter VIII: From Normative to Privileged Competence 239
Chapter IX: The Successor to Archeology 263
Chapter X: Narrative Truth and Historical Truth 279
References 299


For more than a decade now, theoretical writing in psychoanalysis—at least in America—has been preoccupied with what I have come to call “the great metapsychology debate.

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