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Lacewing, Michael (2013) The problem of suggestion: an analysis and solution. Philosophical Psychology, 26 (5), pp. 718-743. [Journal Article]

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    From its inception, psychoanalysis has been troubled by the problem of suggestion. I defend an answer to the problem of suggestion understood as a methodological concern about the evidential basis of psychoanalytic theory. This purely methodological approach is relatively uncommon in discussions in psychoanalysis. I argue that suggestion in psychoanalysis is best understood in terms of experimenter expectancy effects. Such effects are not specific to psychoanalysis, and they can be corrected for by relying on the corroboration of findings by different researchers. This response to the problem of suggestion faces several challenges, and a reply to these is offered. I argue that the psychodynamic model of mind, if not the metapsychological and etiological claims of psychoanalysis, can be vindicated in light of the actual agreement that exists.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Philosophical Psychology
    Keywords: psychoanalysis; suggestion; experimenter effects; confirmation bias; methodology; clinical data
    Department: Philosophy
    Depositing User: Dr Michael Lacewing
    Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2012 21:03
    Last Modified: 04 Nov 2013 13:42
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/1490

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