Language and Psychoanalysis http://www.language-and-psychoanalysis.com/ <p>Language and Psychoanalysis is a fully peer reviewed online journal that publishes twice a year. It is the only interdisciplinary journal with a strong focus on the qualitative and quantitative analysis of language and psychoanalysis. The journal is also inclusive and not narrowly confined to the Freudian psychoanalytic theory.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Abstracting and Indexing Information:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li class="show">PsycINFO (APA)</li> <li class="show">Scopus</li> <li class="show">Emerging Sources Citation Index</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> The University of Edinburgh en-US Language and Psychoanalysis 2049-324X <p><img src="//i.creativecommons.org/l/by/4.0/88x31.png" alt="Creative Commons License"> <br> This is an Open Access journal. All material is licensed under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/">Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)</a> licence, unless otherwise stated.<br>Please read our <a href="/languageandpsychoanalysis/about/policies#openAccessPolicy">Open Access, Copyright and Permissions policies</a> for more information.</p> Therapists Have a lot to Add to the Field of Research, but Many Don’t Make it There: A Narrative Thematic Inquiry into Counsellors’ and Psychotherapists’ Embodied Engagement with Research http://www.language-and-psychoanalysis.com/article/view/2603 <p>Research frequently addresses a gap between practice and research in the field of psychotherapy. Castonguay et al (2010) suggest that the practice of many full-time psychotherapists is rarely or nonsubstantially influenced by research. Boisvert and Faust (2005) ask ‘why do psychotherapists not rely on the research to consistently inform their practice?’ and suggest that concerns ‘have echoed through the decades’ about psychotherapists’ failings to integrate of research and practice. This study focuses on therapists’ (counsellors and psychotherapists) reasoning about their engagement with ‘research’ as described in dissertations and in personal, anonymously presented documents, research journals and interviews included. The study focuses on the stages which generally are referred to as ‘data analysis’, which in this study refers research stages where interpretation typically is required with synthesising and analysing in mind. Turning our attention to the therapists’ ‘narrative knowing’ about research during these stages where generating own new knowledge is put to the forefront, have highlighted a complex relationship involving epistemological discrepancies, real or imagined, between practice and research. It also highlighted gender issues, culture and commonly held constructs about what constitutes a ‘counsellor’, which we believe influence therapists’ presence in research. We decided to include the citation <em>“Therapists have a lot to add to the field of research, but many don’t make it there”</em> in the title to illustrate some of the complexity. The study is based on a Professional Doctorate programme, which engages with psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists in practice-based research. In addition to drawing from dissertations already in the public domain students and graduates from the doctoral programme were invited to contribute their own embodied experiences from ‘doing’ a data analysis. The paper suggests a hybrid for narrative analysis, discussing the options to (re-)present narratives guided by a combined interest into the unique, personal whilst also looking for ‘themes’ within and across these narratives.</p> Sofie Bager-Charleson, Dr Simon Du Plock, Professor Alistair McBeath, Dr ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-07-31 2018-07-31 7 1 4 22 10.7565/landp.v7i1.1580 The Spanish Tragedy Redux http://www.language-and-psychoanalysis.com/article/view/2595 <p>An object-relations concept of transmission of turbulence illuminates the phantom structure of Thomas Kyd’s Elizabethan metatheatrical play <em>The Spanish Tragedy</em> and my response to it. In 1972, interpreting the arbor imagery and the rhetoric of reversal and self-cancellation in the play, I wrote, “Kyd is his father attacking himself in the womb he is in”. After researching my suppressed family history, this peculiar sentence suggested to me unconscious knowledge of a run of murders in my family line, going back to the 1760 Long Cane Massacre of Irish settlers by Cherokee Indians in what is now South Carolina; continuing in the 1799 murder of Major William Love near what is now Harpe’s Head, Kentucky; the suicide of my maternal grandfather in Philadelphia in 1931; and culminating in a Mafia-style execution of my father near Cleveland, Ohio in 1943. Objectification of violence drives Hieronimo and informs this essay.</p> Dianne M. Hunter, Dr ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-07-31 2018-07-31 7 1 23 34 10.7565/landp.v7i1.1581 William and William; the birth and death of subjectivity in the works of William Shakespeare and William S. Burroughs http://www.language-and-psychoanalysis.com/article/view/2519 <p>We open with the question of subjectivity as it is presented in Hamlet; the focus then moves to the breakdown of subjectivity as experienced in extreme situations and clinical psychosis. Gabel’s idea of continuity <em>from</em> psychosis <em>to </em>ideology (false consciousness) is used to show that William S. Burroughs is in fact a theorist of global ideological pathology. The concept of reification allows us to combine the voices of Gabel and Burroughs. This is <em>not</em> a study of what has been said about Burroughs or Shakespeare, our concern is with the future of the City, not the nature of the finger that points towards it. The cycle of “William &amp; William” refers to the birth and destruction of subjectivity as defined by “conditions such as these”.</p> David Frank Allen, Dr ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-06-25 2018-06-25 7 1 35 61 10.7565/landp.v7i1.1582 Experience of Joy and Sadness in Alexithymic Emotional Discourse http://www.language-and-psychoanalysis.com/article/view/2640 <p>Alexithymia is a personality trait characterized by difficulties identifying and describing emotions. Suffering from a deficit in the cognitive processing of emotions, alexithymic individuals are unable to symbolize their emotions. Even though emotional elaboration is one of the core aspects of alexithymia, it has not been thoroughly investigated. Few studies have reported quantitative features of alexithymic’s discourse. However, the qualitative properties of alexithymic emotional discourse and the difference in symbolization between positive and negative emotions remain to be investigated. This study aims to examine how individuals with alexithymia symbolize their subjective emotional experiences by defining the characteristics of their discourse related to positive and negative emotions. A sample of 9 clinically alexithymic individuals rated on the TAS-20 was interviewed about a typical experience of joy and sadness. Data were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Themes associated with sadness revealed that alexithymic individuals tend to avoid contact with sadness. They also perceived sadness as an imposed state by external events. Themes associated with joy revealed that this emotion seemed easier to share with peers. Moreover, joy seemed easier to express and symbolize for alexithymic individuals than sadness. This comprehensive description of alexithymic emotional discourse allows to better understand the symbolization of emotions according to their valence and to better recognize alexithymic ways of expressing emotions.</p> Marie-Mathilde Dupont-Leclerc Serge Lecours, Prof ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-07-31 2018-07-31 7 1 62 83 10.7565/landp.v7i1.1583 Where Words Trap the Mind: The Bewitchment of Psychotherapy http://www.language-and-psychoanalysis.com/article/view/2635 <p>When psychotherapists reify the concepts they are using to describe human experiences, both therapist and patient are likely to end up with befuddled thinking, and become unable to grasp the lived experience of the emotional turmoil the patient is struggling with. In this context, proper use of language is of vital importance, and the first task of the psychotherapist is to think clearly about the words she uses. This essay attempts to clarify some of these issues, and to discuss their relevance to the practice of psychotherapy.</p> Chin Li, Dr ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-06-25 2018-06-25 7 1 84 105 10.7565/landp.v7i1.1584