Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 328–345 | Cite as

Out of control: A teacher's account

  • Ellen Ramvi
Original Article


This paper draws on data collected from my recent exploration of how teachers become competent in the area of relationships. In an interview, a student teacher, Kristin, voiced the challenges she faced: ‘I think it is easy enough to get the knowledge the student needs. The problem is, in a way, when people are involved’. This paper presents an encounter between Kristin and a student after Kristin had started to work as a teacher. It shows the difficulty of being professional when ‘people are involved’, that is, when emotions are at work.


learning from experience emotional work feeling rules teachers relationship work 



This work was supported by a 12-month (2008/2009) Canadian government Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (a programme in Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada) at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen Ramvi
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  1. 1.Department of Health StudiesUniversity of StavangerNorway

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