Operational definition and measurement of dynamics shown in the stream of free associations.

@article{Benjamin1986OperationalDA,
  title={Operational definition and measurement of dynamics shown in the stream of free associations.},
  author={Lorna Smith Benjamin},
  journal={Psychiatry},
  year={1986},
  volume={49 2},
  pages={104-29}
}
The study of sequences in the stream of consciousness during patient free association and self observation has long been held by psychoanalysts to be a major part of successful psychotherapy. Yet there have been essentially no methods for rigorously quantifying and studying the dynamic relations implied by the sequencing of patient verbalizations. The present paper proposes that Structural Analysis of Social Behavior (Benjamin 1974) offers a means operationally to define and study dynamics as… CONTINUE READING

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