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West, L. and Bainbridge, A. (2012) 'Bridging gaps', in A. Bainbridge and L. West (eds.) Psychoanalysis and Education: Minding a Gap. London: Routledge, pp. 243-264.
This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts covered in the preceding chapters of this book. The book explains the gap between mainstream psychology and psychoanalysis. It describes psychoanalytic ideas can contribute to a renewed relationship with education, at a practical level as well as in research. The book focuses on half-education, in which integration and conformity to an established order. It provides a view of human experience and struggles for selfhood that is responsive to physiological, neurological, psychological, social, and cultural dimensions, while foregrounding the experiencing self. There is clearly a parallel to be drawn between the clinical world of psychoanalysis and observational studies or conducting biographical narrative research of a clinical style in educational settings. Psychoanalysis can provide a fuller understanding: it could revolve around the difficulty, perhaps, men like Jack face in expressing rage alongside, maybe, an unconscious desire to hit women.