Psychotherapy research and the idol mind
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Arch Psych Psych 2005;7(4):5-16
Research into clinical outcomes in psychotherapy has traditionally been conducted along the lines of empirical observations in support of testable hypotheses. The origins of this view are the very basis of western science. However, psychotherapy is generally acknowledged to be an intense form of interpersonal relatedness, whose benefits are not readily apparent to the gaze of the scientific investigator. This paper critiques the origins of knowledge traditionally applied to psychotherapy research and concludes by proposing the notion that psychotherapy research, conducted along the lines of empiricist inquiry, may be asking the wrong questions, providing answers that are misleading.
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