The psychoanalytic session and psychoanalytic clinical facts



In the paper the author discusses epistemological problems one faces in the psychoanalytic research under the special condition of psychoanalytic situation. The authors also discusses the nature of the «empirical data» and «clinical facts» the analyst deals during a psychoanalytic session. Clinical facts are understood as lively psychological events which reveal the internal world of the patient in his immediate relationship with the analyst. Perception and formulation of a clinical fact by the analyst is influenced by the emotional movements and events in the session, by the personal conditions of the analyst, by his implicit working model and official theory and by the setting.

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Keywords: psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic case studies, psychoanalytic clinical facts, psychoanalytic situation, psychoanalytic session

Journal rubric: Case study

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Kadyrov I.M. The psychoanalytic session and psychoanalytic clinical facts. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2010. Vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 8–32. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Igor M. Kadyrov, PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor at the Psychology Faculty of the Lomonosov State University. Member of the Editorial Council of the "Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy" Journal. President of the Moscow Psychoanalitic Society. Member of the International Psychoanalitic Association, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Associate Professor, President of the Moscow Psychoanalytic Society, member of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IRA), member of the editorial board of the scientific journal “Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy”, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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