Social Science Methods for Psychodynamic Inquiry

The Unconscious on the World Scene

  • William R. Meyers

About this book


This book explains, with case examples, a variety of social science research methods suitable for studying the unconscious components of irrational social and political actions in world affairs, which can be defined as those that are intensely destructive, self-destructive, or extremely bizarre. The book argues that they are driven in part by feelings and fantasies that are outside of conscious awareness. Meyers explores the role of empathy in clinical understanding, as well as the value of exposing assertions to empirical disconfirmation. With a variety of research methods such as survey research, content analysis, and narrative analysis, and case examples such as studies of 'irreal' statements by authoritarian leaders, fabricated newspaper articles and climate change denial, this book sheds light on how to conduct research on psychodynamic matters in a scientifically valid and credible way.


Social science research clinical methods unconscious psychodynamic psychology psychoanalysis irrational world inference evidence political crisis Data Interpretation experiment research methods

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  • William R. Meyers
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CincinnatiUSA

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