Structure and Spontaneity in Clinical Prose : A Writer's Guide for Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapis
Structure and Spontaneity in Clinical Prose will teach you how to read gifted writers for inspiration and practical lessons in the craft of writing. It will help you apply the principles and techniques that characterize the paradigmatic, narrative, lyric, evocative, and enactive modes of clinical prose and put what you learn immediately into practice in 84 writing exercises.
Each of the 5 modes uses different means to construct worlds out of language. The paradigmatic abstracts ideas from experience to build concepts and theories. The narrative mode organizes experience through time, creating meaningful relationships between causes and effects. Lyric narratives present events unfolding in an uncertain present before hindsight anchors meaning. The evocative mode works by invitation and suggestion, and the enactive creates an experience to be lived as well as thought.
Structure and Spontaneity is fundamentally a book about reading and writing in new ways. Whether you are doing the exercises, drafting a paper, writing clinical notes, or preparing for supervision, by experimenting with various modes of clinical prose, you will make discoveries about your patients, your work, and yourself. This book is an invaluable resource for new and experienced psychoanalysts and psychotherapists and for students, teachers, editors, and writers in the humanities and social sciences.