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Wednesday, April 03, 2002

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The critique shows a colossal lack of understanding concerning psychoanalytic diagnostics, and its relations to the development of psychodiagnostics in general (not to mention the many levels, also historical, that comprise psychodynamic diagnostics).
It is not ment, that every gamblers unconsious motivations are collection of these same mental representations and motivations. The case describes the material that emerged in this particular case, and that in a long process proved to be able to increase understanding, and deepen the mental control and awareness of the particular patient. Because the human psyche is in many ways species spesific, it might help us understand somebody else, when we study thorough single cases. They are not ment to be the premises for universal arguments as such.

We all carry within ourselves interpretations of the world and human relationships, that have prevailed since early childhood. Our understanding at that point is full of "magical", and "phantastic" features, as we can see when we observe children. Sometimes our actions can be derived from these early modes of understanding the world, because of lack of adequate development and reality testing. It is important to get to the deeper levels of personal, internal explanations to be able to trace the imaginery and personal meanings of gambling. That way, we can form an internal understanding of our minds as historical, personal, and developing. SOGS, and cognitive behavioral concepts are not in contradiction to psychoanalysis, nor can they prove its fallacy. The implicit conceptualization is fundamentally different.

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