The Case Study Method in Psychodynamic Psychology: Focus on Addiction

The Case Study Method in Psychodynamic Psychology: Focus on Addiction The case study method has been essential in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapy, since it is the only way to describe and explore the deepest levels of the human psyche. Addiction is no more and no less than a particular psychological mechanism, identical at its core to other psychological compulsions, and is therefore best understood and reported by this method that explores the mind in depth. We will discuss the value of the case report method in general and in specific with regard to psychoanalysis and addiction, criticisms raised about this method, and comparisons of it with nomothetic research. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Clinical Social Work Journal Springer Journals

The Case Study Method in Psychodynamic Psychology: Focus on Addiction

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Personality and Social Psychology
ISSN
0091-1674
eISSN
1573-3343
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10615-016-0610-5
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Abstract

The case study method has been essential in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapy, since it is the only way to describe and explore the deepest levels of the human psyche. Addiction is no more and no less than a particular psychological mechanism, identical at its core to other psychological compulsions, and is therefore best understood and reported by this method that explores the mind in depth. We will discuss the value of the case report method in general and in specific with regard to psychoanalysis and addiction, criticisms raised about this method, and comparisons of it with nomothetic research.

Journal

Clinical Social Work JournalSpringer Journals

Published: Nov 7, 2016

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