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Miller, I. (2015). Expressions of vernacular psychoanalysis. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 24(4):225-229.

(2015). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 24(4):225-229

Expressions of vernacular psychoanalysis

Ian Miller

The present paper examines the clinical integration of theory and experience from the perspective of clinicians’ subjective shaping of inquiry. The author suggests that the historical, conceptual development of clinical psychoanalysis parallels the progressive articulations of consensual understanding within the clinical hour. He suggests that the clinician's utilization of vernacular elements, derivative of direct experience as well as of reference to the wider range of psychoanalytic thinking, addresses gaps and disconnections within the abstract understanding of the clinical psychoanalytic process. Providing examples from psychoanalytic history, he concludes with a contemporary example of psychoanalytic papers, reflecting vernacular elements that are of use to practicing clinicians.

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