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OUT OF THE WOODS
EVE GOLDEN RESEARCH
Editing for Psychoanalysis
Eve Golden, M.D.
(Excerpted from Terri Apter's
July 19 review.)
"Three new books propose strategies
to set damaged children and teenagers back on the
track to maturity. While two of them cover familiar
ground in worthy but unoriginal ways, the third
blasts an exciting new route to understanding the
process of human resilience. . . .
It is resilience that Stuart T. Hauser, Joseph P.
Allen and Eve Golden examine in their study of
recovery among a group of adolescents so disturbed
that they had to be confined to the locked wards of
a residential psychiatric hospital. . . .
Instead of focusing on the broad dimensions of risk
and protection – genetic endowment, parenting,
opportunity, and the social issues of money,
education and status – they ask why resilient
capacities develop in certain children, how they
work and what we can do to nurture them. This
liberating shift allows an imaginative drive into
the psychological processes by which people can
negotiate adversity. . . .
Out of the Woods marks several
points of wide-ranging significance. First, it
confirms that qualitative analysis of a small number
of narratives can make a huge impact on
psychological theory, as long as the right questions
are asked and the material is assessed with a fresh
ear. Second, it shows the personal narratives we all
engage in are parts of a continuing effort to make
sense of life, as well as a source of renewal and
growth. Potentially exciting, too, in this study of
resilient teenagers is the new angle it provides on
the so-called talking cure. The curative powers come
not from the expert who claims to hold the master
key to interpretation, as in psychoanalytic theory,
but from the patient who hones his or her skills of
reflection, understanding and revision. This may
explain why some psychotherapy is effective, even
though the underlying theory is flawed, and why some
psychotherapy is destructive, even though some of
the underlying theory is correct: what matters is
whether the psychotherapist’s interpretations expand
or diminish personal narratives. When we compare
this approach to narrative with the crude model used
by Batmanghelidjh, who argues that “talking through
a problem is like releasing steam from a kettle that
has been boiling,” we can see how far Hauser and
Allen have brought us."