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Estudos de Psicologia (Natal)

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NEUBERN, Maurício da Silva. The regulatory dimension of clinical psychology: the impact of the dominant rationality in therapeutic relationships. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2005, vol.10, n.1, pp.73-81. ISSN 1678-4669.

This work shows that the project of submitting oneself in different ways to the dominant paradigm in science has produced a considerable regulatory dimension of clinical psychology that has coincided with various moments of subjectivity exclusion. Such focus is in general terms based on three problems. Firstly, there is the problem of legitimacy, which states that due to a pretentiously trustful knowledge and to universalistic notions, patients' singular senses would be substituted with notions once successfully recognized by theories. The second problem is the competence in which the clinical theories would be a lot more empowered with notions regarding sickness, deficit, and incapacity, which would allow for few options in relation to occasional retreat from patients. The third problem would be that of the consumption, in which the lack of a critical discussion could allow the set up of a culture where not only services, but also knowledge would be dealt with as products. The essay is ended with the presentation of propositions toward an internal ethics that could establish the relationship among the separate dimensions in knowing, and toward a better reflection on its consequences in society.

Keywords : epistemology; clinical psychology; regulation; subjectivity.

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