Psychiatry, subjectivity and emotion - deepening the medical model

Yakeley, Jessica, Hale, Rob, Johnston, James and Kirtchuk, Gabriel (2014) Psychiatry, subjectivity and emotion - deepening the medical model. The Psychiatric Bulletin . ISSN 2053-4876 Full text available

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Morale among psychiatrists continues to be seriously challenged in the face of recruitment difficulties, unfilled posts, diagnostic controversies, service reconfigurations and public criticism of psychiatric care, in addition to other difficulties. In this article, we argue that the positivist paradigm that continues to dominate British psychiatry has led to an undervaluing of subjectivity and of the role of emotions within psychiatric training and practice. Reintegrating the subjective perspective and promoting emotional awareness and reflection may go some way towards restoring faith in the psychiatric specialty.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online ahead of print April 3, 2014.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Emotion, Deepening
Subjects: Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychiatry
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services

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