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Concerns about accuracy in object relations postingsWho wrote this entry? There are two...

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svenskaflicka | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 15, 2012 at 11:41 PM via web

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Concerns about accuracy in object relations postings

Who wrote this entry? There are two glaring errors I picked up without even doing a close reading. Both errors relate to the authors of Object Relations in Psychoanalytic Theory, Jay Greenberg and Stephen Mitchell.  In the text, Greenberg's first name appears as "Joanne" (I never promised you a proofreader?)and in the bibliography, the authors are listed as "Jay Mitchell and Stephen Greenberg."

At the bottom of the entry appears the name,"Otto F. Kernberg". Is Kernberg the author of this entry? Kernberg, an eminence grise in psychoanalytic object relations himself, should certainly have more than passing familiarity with Greenberg and Mitchell and their work. The question really is, how do such errors slip through?  How can a reader of this material trust what he is reading?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 16, 2012 at 3:43 PM (Answer #2)

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The source is listed as the International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis.  I am not sure if that means that it is from the dictionary, or the dictionary was used to write it.  Either way, I suggest you contact the editors of enotes with your suggestion.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 18, 2012 at 12:19 AM (Answer #3)

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The fact is that, as humans, errors are inevitable. We are not perfect creatures, and perfection is not expected of everyone. While I understand your concern, regarding what can be defined as trustworthy reference material, things sometimes slip through the cracks. As critical researchers find errors, corrections are made. Thanks for being a critical researcher!



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