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← Freud and psycho-analysis: still useful?

ewaldrep's Avatar Jump to comment 23 by ewaldrep

since one's subjective state of being is all that really matters, even if it can't be measured by any known scientific method

There has been quite a lot of work done in developing methods to empirically evaluate the subjective states of people. Much of it concerns clearly defining what you are attempting to measure, such as depression, developing clear language and questions to reflect the construct, and validating the measures against other relevant variables. This is also associated with understanding the reliability of the measure and limiting the strength of conlcusions based on the associated error of the statistical models, etc. I do agree that there is clinically useful strategies that can come from various resources (see above comment). Put to empirical examination, psychoanalysis does work for some but the techiques tend to produce results much slower and with unclear reasons, making dysmantling studies difficult.

Mon, 31 Oct 2011 20:21:44 UTC | #885814