Measurement of motivational variables in psychotherapy
Among many psychoanalysts quantification has acquired a bad reputation. They think of quantification or measurement as a destruction of the meaningfulness of the therapeutic interaction, as an insensitivity to vital processes of therapy, as a rather stupid and arrogant use of numbers. One can understand why they feel this way; there have been many misguided attempts at measuring psychoanalytic concepts. But in these misguided attempts, the troubles arose not from quantification, but from the erroneous applications of analytic theory. For example, the easy assumption that repression can be equated with forgetting is just plain wrong; and whether an investigator making this erroneous assumption uses quantification or not is quite beside the point.
KeywordsSexual Problem Mental Life Psychoanalytic Theory Erroneous Assumption Therapeutic Interaction
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