"@emmyzen liked your tweet!" (and other stories): the antidote to case studies

Lee, D.A. ORCID: 0000-0001-9971-3542, 2019. "@emmyzen liked your tweet!" (and other stories): the antidote to case studies. Self & Society, 47 (2), pp. 11-22. ISSN 0306-0497

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"Narrative, whatever its medium…holds the interest of an audience by raising questions in their minds, and delaying the answers" (Lodge, 2011, p. 14, italics added); and "academic style" can stand accused of "stifling a plurality of creative styles and voices" (Heuer and Tudor, 2017, p. 7, italics added). So…while this abstract reveals some of the existentially-informed, person-centred psychotherapy case study which follows, I'm also holding engagement with, enjoyment of, the unexpected; a desire for creative unfolding - perfectly acceptable in person-centred, existentially-informed psychotherapy itself! I will say: this isn't a case study of Deurzen's existentialism (or that of others), nor is it an analysis of Deurzen’s tweets. Instead, it is an exploration of something visceral – an embodied encounter with selected aspects of Deurzen (2015) and the impact of this upon some established therapeutic relating. The paper seeks to contribute to the politics of writing psychotherapy: Du Plock (1997, p. 6) deplores case study clients being encapsulated "in a handful in printed pages" and McLeod (2010, p.28) claims it's a "general principle" for case studies to have "a standard format"; what happens when both the content and form of the case study are disrupted…?

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Self & Society
Creators: Lee, D.A.
Publisher: Association for Humanistic Psychology in Britain
Date: 2019
Volume: 47
Number: 2
ISSN: 0306-0497
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 04 May 2018 15:18
Last Modified: 24 May 2022 13:43
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33449

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