METHODS: A JOURNAL FOR HUMAN SCIENCE


Annual Edition 2000 -

Special Issue: Hermeneutic Research on Psychotherapy


The papers in this Special Issue of Methods -- by myself and four students in the Duquesne Psychology doctoral program -- apply an interpretive methodology to the videorecording of an interaction between psychiatrist R. D. Laing and a volunteer named Leila. The interaction provides an example of Laing’s particular existential psychotherapy, however the tools of our analysis and the logic of our inquiry can be used to illuminate what is happening in any therapeutic process. In the introduction I locate our approach within postmodern inquiry, introduce the notion of "ontological work," describe the occasion of Laing’s demonstration, sketch a quick overview of the way we have utilized conversation analysis, explain how we have drawn on Heidegger’s analysis of Dasein to articulate the ontology of conversation, and finally give a brief summary of each of the four papers that follow.

CONTENTS:

(N.b. the versions here do not reflect minor editing changes, nor of course the pagination of the printed version.)

GUEST EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION

An Interpretive Methodology Applied to Existential Psychotherapy

by Martin J. Packer

ARTICLES

Building Context: Transpersonal Reality in Existential Psychotherapy

by Scott Bortle

Speaking with the Gospel

by Yael Goldman

A Reading of Pragmatics and Paradox

by Jenny Hwang

Therapeutic Inversions

by Lynn Harper

APPENDIX:

Transcript of the Demonstration