Department of Psychology, Univ. of Hawaii



Hawaii Psychological Association



Annual Convention, Dec. 1982



This paper describes the procedures involved in analyzing transcripts or portions of talk in the therapy interview. Transcripts may be prepared in full through recording and transcribing, or they may be merely recorded and listened to, or they may be merely remembered quotations from clients‚ talk. This paper shows in particular how talk is analyzable into „speech actsš which have clearly discernable psychodynamic information about the clients‚ level of functioning interpersonally and intrapersonally. The method illustrated here is based on a system of thought developed by Emanuel Swedenborg (1668-1771) and developed for this purpose by me. The paper is designed to be a őmini-lesson‚ so that a prospective therapist or user may instantly decide whether it is useful or not. The following steps are involved in the use of this analytic system:


Step 1.          Study and learn CHART OF SYMPTOMS (table 5) which relates clients‚ discourse or talk to basic psycholinguistic functioning.


Step 2.          Select discourse segments (or units) that are of particular interest to you as therapist because of their „psychodynamicš import (such as clients‚ statements, comments, expressions, etc.)


Step 3.          Score selected discourse units using CHART OF SYMPTOMS (see illustration on p.6).


Step 4.          Retrain clients for each dysfunction you‚ve thus identified by focusing their attention on them and providing them with better alternatives (use Tables 1 through 4)


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