Volume 8 Issue 2 (2012): New Approaches to Psychodynamic Research

Expanding Subjectivities: Introduction to the Special Issue on 'New Directions in Psychodynamic Research'

Stephen Soldz
Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
Linda Lundgaard Andersen
Roskilde University
Published December 19, 2012
  • psychoanalysis,
  • psychodynamics,
  • research method,
  • research process,
  • research framework,
  • researcher subjectivity,
  • countertransference,
  • concept hierarchy
  • ...More


A major theme in recent psychoanalytic thinking concerns the use of therapist subjectivity, especially "countertransference," in understanding patients. This thinking converges with and expands developments in qualitative research regarding the use of researcher subjectivity as a tool to understanding, especially but not exclusively in observational and interview-based studies. Psychodynamic or psychoanalytic approaches to research add an emphasis on unconscious motivational processes in both researchers and research participants that impact research experience and data. Building upon Anglo-Saxon and continental traditions, this special issue provides examples of the use of researcher subjectivity, informed by psychoanalytic thinking, in expanding research understanding.