The measurement of emotional changes during a psychiatric interview: a working model toward quantifying the psychoanalytic concept of affect

  • Louis A. Gottschalk
  • Carolyn M. Winget
  • Goldine C. Gleser
  • Kayla J. Springer
Part of the The Century Psychology Series book series (TCPS)


The advantages to psychoanalysis as a science of some means of quantifying a few of the key psychoanalytic concepts have been referred to by many authors, including Fenichel (1945), Kubie (1952), Jacobson (1953), Rapaport (1953, 1960), Knapp (1957), and others. Rapaport (1960), for example, has reminded us that all sciences, in striving to make their assertions precise, move toward a mathematization of the relationships they establish by their procedures, and that “quantification may prove to be the mathematization appropriate to psychoanalysis” (p. 91). Eloquent pleas have been made for exploratory quantification, on even an a priori basis, of the concept of cathexis and other psychoanalytic constructs, but there have not been offered any practical méthodologie solutions to attain these ends.


Verbal Behavior Anxiety Scale Anxiety Score Death Anxiety Feeling State 
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  • Louis A. Gottschalk
  • Carolyn M. Winget
  • Goldine C. Gleser
  • Kayla J. Springer

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