Fostering Dialogue in Psychology: The Costs of Dogma and Theoretical Preciousness

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Methodological discourse has the potential to divide or unite research psychologists depending on our approach and understanding of each other's work. We note the various ways in which genuine dialogue between qualitative and quantitative researchers has been hampered by dogmatic adherence to certain theoretical and epistemological stances. We point to a corresponding phenomenon in the theoretical orientations of clinical psychologists in which cognitive-behavioral therapy is often polarized with humanistic perspectives regarding the approach to psychotherapy. The nature of such polemics within the field of psychology will be discussed along with an example taken from the authors' personal experience of dialoguing across methodological difference. Finally, we will discuss practical suggestions for how we can increase openness and genuine dialogue between qualitative and quantitative perspectives in psychology. © 2014 Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zerubavel, N; Adame, AL

Published Date

  • April 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 178 - 188

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1478-0895

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1478-0887

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/14780887.2013.864360

Citation Source

  • Scopus