A bricoleur (or two) in the consulting room

King, Robert J. (2012) A bricoleur (or two) in the consulting room. American Imago, 69(4), pp. 543-558.

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In popular contemporary use, the French term bricolage refers to the activities of the home handyman. It is sometimes used in a disparaging way to refer to work that is improvised, uninformed by expertise or specialist knowledge, and probably inferior in its results when compared with the work of a tradesman or professional. In 1962, anthropologist and philosopher Claude Lévi-Strauss argued that bricolage is a modality of human thought. Since then, the importance of bricolage as a mental activity has been identified in relation to art and architecture, as well as other fields of cultural activity. In this paper I consider bricolage as an activity of the ego and explore its role in the consulting room. I argue that by necessity the psychoanalytic work undertaken between patient and analyst relies on this modality of thought and, furthermore, that the use of bricolage is entirely compatible with evidence-based practice.

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ID Code: 68704
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Post-modernism
DOI: 10.1353/aim.2012.0024
ISSN: 0065-860X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Johns Hopkins University Press
Deposited On: 18 Mar 2014 22:45
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2014 12:23

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