Social Science Methods for Psychodynamic Inquiry: The by William R. Meyers (auth.)

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The chapter also summarizes experiments I conducted, the results of which indicate that, under certain specific conditions and in certain specific circumstances, mentalization and empathy can yield accurate and valid inferences on social and cultural matters. Chapter 3: What to Look for in Psychodynamic Inquiry Method explained: A research protocol for psychodynamic inquiry into world events How exactly can clinicians apply and use the mentalization and empathy processes described in Chapter 2?

Other Overlaps of Social Science Research Methods With “Post-modern” Perspectives Our presentation of social science research methods overlaps with “post-modern” perspectives in three additional ways: firstly, our use of empathy and introspection in our research efforts; secondly, our recognition of “reflexivity,” as explained in the previous section; and, thirdly, our attempt to confront and lessen interpretive bias in the researcher, which is roughly analogous to counter-transference in psychoanalytic terms.

I think it follows that psychodynamic researchers, hopefully as intellectuals, can become aware of some of the ideological influences on their interpretations. Indications for Inferring Unconscious Processes The obstacles to sensible inference need to be surmounted through self-awareness by clinically sophisticated researchers. There are many situations where psychodynamic inferences are clearly called for and urgently needed. The following list of irrational behaviors is not complete, only suggestive as to some things that clinically sophisticated researchers should look at.

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