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Rubovits-Seitz, P. (1992). Interpretive Methodology: Some Problems, Limitations, and Remedial Strategies. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 40:139-168.

(1992). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 40:139-168

Interpretive Methodology: Some Problems, Limitations, and Remedial Strategies

Philip Rubovits-Seitz, M.D.


Clinical interpretation is difficult and fallible. Basic methodologic problems make errors inevitable in interpretive work. This report reviews some of the major problems and limitations of interpretive methodology, and describes remedial strategies for dealing with them, i.e., "learning from error" by use of error-detecting, error-correcting, and validating procedures.

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