Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy by Anssi Peräkylä, Charles Antaki, Sanna Vehviläinen, Ivan

By Anssi Peräkylä, Charles Antaki, Sanna Vehviläinen, Ivan Leudar

Psychotherapy is a 'talking cure'- consumers voice their issues to therapists, who pay attention, advised, query, interpret and usually try and interact in a favorable and rehabilitating dialog with their consumers. utilizing the delicate theoretical and methodological equipment of dialog research - a thorough method of how language in interplay works - this e-book sheds gentle at the sophisticated and minutely organised sequences of speech in psychotherapeutic classes. It examines how therapists convey questions, do something about resistance, reinterpret stories and the way they could use dialog to be successful. dialog is a key component to people's daily lives and this ebook offers an strangely targeted perception into the complexity and tool of speak in institutional settings. that includes contributions from a set of the world over popular authors, dialog research and Psychotherapy will attract researchers and graduate scholars learning dialog research around the disciplines of psychology, sociology and linguistics.

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Hh Er, but ↑anyhow, I mean she did seem sortuv – m- my reaction was one of – instead of poor me this time it it was more one of sortuv like anger it- oh damn the woman she doesn’t want to go out with me. Erm y’know I don’t care an I sent her a message back an ( ) she’s got an answerphone y’know like “thanks for tellin me” which- I was glad that she’d at least got that far, rather than ( ) more sortuv tricks ( ) (s- ) mm S’ >I-jus’sortuv< left it at that y’know ( ) so you ↑don’t feel rejected. 0) ((dry cough)) no, no not poss- not badly, no fi:rst of all I did, The arrowed line shows the therapist formulating what the client has said.

It is worth holding on, as I have tried to do here, to a specific sense of the term formulating to pick out just those times when the therapist summarizes the client’s own words, or draws out a seemingly natural implication from them, while nevertheless editing them in a tendentious way. It is the ostensibly cooperative link between the formulator’s version and that of the previous speaker that makes the move extra powerful. , Chapter 3, this volume) or even extensions of the patient’s turn (see Peräkylä, Chapter 6, this volume; Vehviläinen, Chapter 7, this volume), this way of doing it promotes the sense that one has listened to the other speaker and has extracted something that they themselves might have said.

What specifically therapeutic interests might formulations promote? In the rest of this chapter, I shall describe what has been said about three uses of formulation in therapy. Most research (for example by Davis, 1986; Hak & de Boer, 1996; Madill, Widdicombe & Barkham, 2001) has been done in its therapeutic service as a way of interpreting the client’s talk psychologically (though we need to remember that interpretation is a core feature of much, but not all, therapy). Formulations can also be used to manage the interactional progress of the therapeutic interview (for example, by closing down certain avenues of talk), and as a means, in diagnosis and history-taking, to cast the client’s symptoms into a shape more suitable for later interpretative work.

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