Psychoanalytic approaches and outcome research. Negative capability or irritable reaching after fact and reason?

Taylor, David (2010) Psychoanalytic approaches and outcome research. Negative capability or irritable reaching after fact and reason? Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 24 (4). pp. 398-416. ISSN 0266-8734

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Keats famously proposed 'negative capability' as a key attribute of those who are original in science and literature. Bion directed the attention of psychoanalysts to some of the implications of this stance for the psychoanalytic method. Although the methods of formal outcome study have very different antecedents they also aim at the ideal of 'research equipoise'. In relation to experience with the Tavistock Depression Study3 this paper explores how these different approaches may be comparable, and how much in conflict, in an environment where there are many pressures operating, and where both types of research are conducted for economic, social and political motives as well as to sustain. It is suggested that the explicit recognition of these issues may help both researchers and clinicians to address the important practical matters concerning the design, planning and conduct of research into outcome in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Keywords: negative capability; research equipoise; psychological therapy outcome research; explanation and understanding

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tavistock Depression Study, Bion
Subjects: Research, Tests, Assessments > Psychotherapy Research
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2011 15:16
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 10:28
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/468

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