A Selection of
Lois Shawver's Recent Publications

(Click here to download a pdf of Shawver's full curriculum vitae)

Shawver, L. (2012). Talking to listen: its pre-history, invention, and future in the field of psychotherapy. In Andy Lock and Tom Strong (Eds.) Discursive Perspectives in Therapeutic Practice. New York: Oxford University Press, (pp. 23-44).

"Talking to listen" is a new concept that means "saying things that are intended to help another talk about matters at hand" so that one can listen to what the speaker has to say.

For a very long time, doctors in the western world showed no interest in listening to what mental patients had to say. Instead, they managed their patients by chaining them to the floor in cold, dank buildings and charging curious tourists for a glimpse of these poor people in their misery. This chapter explores why the doctors did not listen, what they did instead and why, and how and when the practice of "talking to listen" evolved. Along the way, it also glances at some of the different styles of talking to listen and speculates about how these styles are evolving today.

Shawver, L. (2010). Postmodernismo Nostálgico: Hacia una psicoterapia sin atuduras. Translucción: Karin Taverniers. Buenos Aires: Editorial Biblos.

This is a translation of the listing below, Nostalgic Postmodernism: Postmodern Therapy, published in 2006.

Shawver, L. (2007).  Postmodern Pedagogy.  In , J. L. & Horn, R. A. Jr. (Eds.). The Praeger Handbook of Education and Psychology.  Greenwood Publishing Group, (454-462).

This chapter begins:

"Postmodern pedagogy is about teachers building an educational spaceship. The point of the spaceship is to help students escape the gravitational field of their own disinterest, help them find the motivation and inspiration to invent their own futures in a rapidly changing world, the futuristic world of their maturity, a world that their teachers of today will scarcely recognize."

The chapter discusses how some of the ideas of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Jean-Francois Lyotard can contribute to this postmodern pedagogic vision.

Shawver, L. (2006). Nostalgic Postmodernism: Postmodern Therapyalt. Paralogic Press.

This book tells the story of therapy's postmodernization, it's shift from an authority based canon of knowledge to fragmented knowledges, then to local knowledges, local therapy skills, and finally conversational reweaving and community reflection.  Gradually, nostalgia fades with a dawning of a new vision of how to help clients and each other. 

Shawver, L. (2004) Therapy Theory after the Postmodern Turn. In David Pare & Glenn Larner. Collaborative Practice in Psychology and Therapy (Haworth Practical Practice in Mental Health)alt Haworth Press. 

Once you get to Amazon through the link above to Pare and Larner's book, you can do a search for the Shawver chapter, or find it in the table of contents.

An explanation of key postmodern concepts for postmodern therapies , including "tiotoling" (talking-in-order-to-listen), generous listening, positional fluidity, and paralogy.

Shawver, L. (2001).  If Wittgenstein and Lyotard Could Talk with Jack and Jill: Towards a Postmodern Family Therapy.  Journal of Family Therapy. 23, 232-252. 

An essay and script of an imaginary tea party in which Wittgenstein and Lyotard, as well as a number of other postmodern authors, talk two imaginary family therapy trainees about their philosophies.

A movie has been made based on this paper, and this movie is available, among other places, at  Masterworks.

Shawver, L. . (2000).  Postmodern tools for the clinical impasse.  Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 28(4). 619-639. 

A study of the relevance of postmodern concept of a "borderzone" for psychoanalysis.  The paper is part of an ongoing conversation between the author and Douglas Ingram's work.

Shawver, L. (2000). My Postmodern Path to a Critical Psychology. (pp. 184-195).  In Tod Sloan. (Ed.) Critical Psychology : Voices for Changealt. London: Macmillan Press, pp. 

Once you get to Amazon through the link above to Sloan's book, you can do a search for my chapter if you like, or find it in the table of contents.

Like other contributors to this volume, my chapter describes the aspects of my personal and scholarly background that help explain my criticism of traditional psychology.

Shawver, L. (1998c), On the Clinical Relevance of Selected Postmodern Ideas: with a Focus on Lyotard's Concept of "Differend".  Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 26(4). 

This paper is probably the one that will be the most relevant to family therapy.  It introduces Lyotard's concept of "differend."  A differend is a dispute that is based on two people operating within different language-games.  Like the prior paper, this paper also explains how Lyotard's concept of paralogy can be useful for the psychotherapist.  The paper also explains how paralogy can help us conceptualize postmodern treatment for the differend. 

Shawver, L. (1998b). Postmodernizing the Unconscious.  The American Journal of Psychoanalysis.58(4), pp. 329-336. 

This paper studies the question of how postmodern Freud was at various  times in his writing career and how to enhance the postmodern dimension of psychoanalysis today.  It begins by deconstructing the ancient images that hold us conceptually captive according to both Derrida and Wittgenstein. In Derrida this is called our "logocentrism."  In Wittgenstein, it is a misleading picture of language that holds us captive in the fly bottle. Then the paper studies a series of Freud's works to discover that he  was initally postmodern but became modern in some important ways.  The paper ends with an account of Lyotard's concept of "paralogy" as a way of postmodernizing psychoanalysis.  Lyotard, by the way, was a Wittgensteinian and the notion of paralogy is related to the Wittgensteinian idea of a language game. 

Shawver, L. (1998a). Lacan's Theory of Self and the Story of the Last Cookie. The American Journal of Psychoanalysis. 8(3), pp. 329-336.

This is an introductory paper, meaning it should be readable to those with no background in Lacan.  It is a short fictional narrative of a child's experiences in developing an Other that is woven heavily with selected quotations from Lacan.  I think you'll find the fictional narrative makes Lacan's writing clearer, and it shows how Lacanian psychoanalysis uses the concept of an Other.

Shawver, L. (1996b).  Noticing Metaphor in the Psychoanalytic Session. The American journal of psychoanalysis, 56(4), pp. 460-462. 

A brief discussion of a paper by Douglas Ingram on the role of metaphor in psychoanalysis.

Shawver, L. (1996a).  What Postmodernism Can Do for Psychoanalysis: A Guide to the Postmodern Vision.  The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 56(4), pp.371-394. 

This article introduces postmodern concepts like "fragmentation," "decentered," "Other," and "dialogic," as well as terms that are more specifically Derridean such as "differAnce," "deconstruction," "logocentrism" and the "metaphysics of presence" and it talks about later Wittgenstein as well as  Derrida, Lacan, and Lyotard and relates them all to the notion of psychoanalysis or psychotherapy.  In psychoanalytic circles this paper has been dubbed the "postmodern primer." 

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