Talking Cures and Placebo Effects

Paperback | June 15, 2008

byDavid Jopling

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Psychoanalysis has had to defend itself from a barrage of criticism throughout its history. Nevertheless, there are many who claim to have been helped by this therapy, and who claim to have achieved genuine insight into their condition. But do the psychodynamic or exploratory psychotherapies -the so-called talking cures - really help clients get in touch with their "inner", "real" or "true" selves? Do clients make important discoveries about the real causes of their behaviours, emotions, and personalities? Are their insights, and the psychodynamic interpretations offered them by theirpsychotherapists, true? Many think so.'Talking Cures and Placebo Effects' contests this view. It defends the unpopular hypothesis that therapeutic changes in the psychodynamic psychotherapies are sometimes functions of powerful placebos that rally the mind's native healing powers in much the same way that placebo pills rally the body'snative healing powers; and that psychodynamic insights and interpretations are themselves placebos. Few clients know this, and fewer still are informed of the potential placebo effects at play in exploratory psychotherapy, and of the consequent risks of self-misinterpretation and self-deception.Thus does 'Talking Cures and Placebo Effects' target a host of problems that lie at the very intersection of the epistemology, ethics, scientific status, and public accountability of the talking cures.

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Psychoanalysis has had to defend itself from a barrage of criticism throughout its history. Nevertheless, there are many who claim to have been helped by this therapy, and who claim to have achieved genuine insight into their condition. But do the psychodynamic or exploratory psychotherapies -the so-called talking cures - really help c...

David A. Jopling is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at York University, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His research interests include the philosophy of psychology and psychiatry, early modern philosophy, and cognitive science. He has published books and articles on the concept of self, self-knowledge, phenomenology, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:June 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Placebos and psychotherapy2. Kinds of insight3. The standard view4. Placebos and placebo effects5. Insight placebos6. Placebos, deception and self-deception7. Conclusion