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Responding to mentalization invitations in psychotherapy sessions: A conversation analysis approach
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Region Östergötland.
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7021-5072
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2016 (English)In: Psychotherapy Research, ISSN 1050-3307, E-ISSN 1468-4381Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Objective: Increase in the capacity to mentalize has been proposed to be an important mechanism of change in psychotherapy. However, mentalization has primarily been studied as an individual skill that people either possess or lack, rather than as an interactional phenomenon. Method: In this study, excerpts from three different sessions in a therapy that aimed at increasing the patients mentalizing capacity were identified and studied using conversation analysis. Results: The analysis indicated that resistance to mentalizing may not only be due to lack of capacity but also may be seen as a linguistic resource in which this resistance demonstrates precisely the ability to mentalize. Conclusions: Consequences for psychotherapy practice and process research are discussed.

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Routledge, 2016.
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qualitative research methods, process research, philosophical/theoretical issues in therapy research, psychoanalytic/psychodynamic therapy
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-141589DOI: 10.1080/10503307.2016.1219422Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84984677265OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-141589DiVA: diva2:1146093
Available from: 2017-10-02 Created: 2017-10-02 Last updated: 2017-10-10Bibliographically approved

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