This paper presents a comparison between a clinical evaluation and a computerized linguistic analysis of the treatment notes of the first two years of an analysis conducted four sessions a week with the patient lying on a couch. Clinical notes had been written as part of the analyst's standard practice after every session, some years prior to the planning of this study. The notes describe the analytic interchange and the analyst's internal thoughts. The linguistic analysis focuses on two analytically relevant linguistic variables: Referential Activity (RA), a measure of the degree of connection between emotional processing and language, and Reflection, the use of words referring to thoughts. The examination of the linguistic measures point to overlooked parts of sessions which may be clinically significant. In particular, the examination of the clinical material during the nodal points of the first summer break, where significant changes in the linguistic measures were seen, provided clinical understanding of the analytic work that was not explicitly noted at the time of treatment. This method has the potential to be utilized in ongoing treatments and to improve the supervisory process.

Analytic Process and Linguistic Style: Exploring Analysts' Treatment Notes in the Light of Linguistic Measures of the Referential Process / Mariani, Rachele; Hoffman, Leon. - In: JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLINGUISTIC RESEARCH. - ISSN 0090-6905. - (2021). [10.1007/s10936-021-09771-6]

Analytic Process and Linguistic Style: Exploring Analysts' Treatment Notes in the Light of Linguistic Measures of the Referential Process

Mariani, Rachele
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2021

Abstract

This paper presents a comparison between a clinical evaluation and a computerized linguistic analysis of the treatment notes of the first two years of an analysis conducted four sessions a week with the patient lying on a couch. Clinical notes had been written as part of the analyst's standard practice after every session, some years prior to the planning of this study. The notes describe the analytic interchange and the analyst's internal thoughts. The linguistic analysis focuses on two analytically relevant linguistic variables: Referential Activity (RA), a measure of the degree of connection between emotional processing and language, and Reflection, the use of words referring to thoughts. The examination of the linguistic measures point to overlooked parts of sessions which may be clinically significant. In particular, the examination of the clinical material during the nodal points of the first summer break, where significant changes in the linguistic measures were seen, provided clinical understanding of the analytic work that was not explicitly noted at the time of treatment. This method has the potential to be utilized in ongoing treatments and to improve the supervisory process.
Computerized measures; Linguistic measures; Linguistic style; Psychoanalyst’s notes; Psychoanalytic process; Referential activity
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Analytic Process and Linguistic Style: Exploring Analysts' Treatment Notes in the Light of Linguistic Measures of the Referential Process / Mariani, Rachele; Hoffman, Leon. - In: JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLINGUISTIC RESEARCH. - ISSN 0090-6905. - (2021). [10.1007/s10936-021-09771-6]
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