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Omslag 2020 06 kijk verder

Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 60 (2018) 9, 619 - 626

Essay

Does psychiatry revert to subjectivity?

D. Denys

background Psychiatry is currently challenged by two main issues, subjectivity and non-exclusivity.
aim The re-appraisal of phenomenological psychiatry.
method Personal reflection.
results Phenomenology may contribute to psychiatry by 1. offering a method, 2. focusing on descriptive observation, and 3. taking a neutral stance.
conclusion By emphasizing the subjective experience, phenomenology offers psychiatry an opportunity to become proficient and to distinguish itself from other disciplines through the continued development of insight and understanding of mental disorders.

keywords epistemology, Jaspers, phenomenology, psychiatry