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Depth psychological research methods: Multiple and engaged approaches

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Edited by Jennifer Leigh Selig and Suzanne Cremen Davidson

Published: 2013
ISBN: 978-1-921980-21-3
Pages: 124


Depth psychology is a formal discipline of inquiry that values the autonomous psyche as a source of knowledge. The foundational belief in depth psychology that there is not only a personal unconscious, but a collective unconscious, and that we are in part unconscious beings, radically undermines assumptions in quantitative, positivist, and even post-positivist approaches, challenging the hegemony of rational, mechanical forms of knowing. Depth psychological research is guided by an acknowledgement of the role of the unconscious as inherently creative and in part unknowable, thereby having an effect on being and knowledge.

This issue includes work that examines how a depth psychological form of inquiry may become ‘a way of approaching any number of topics, including the arts, literature, humanities, social science and even natural sciences such as medicine, biology, and physics. . . . guided by the psyche, which is fathomless, fluid, complex’ (Coppin & Nelson, 2005, p. 20).[1]

Feature articles investigate the role of the unconscious in research and its implications for research design and findings; as well as those which explore ways of working with the unconscious as a researcher.

Topics include:

  • Historical and philosophical perspectives
  • Conceptual and theoretical perspectives
  • Methodological advances and approaches to research presentation which acknowledge the role of the unconscious in psyche, body, and culture   Diversity and ethical issues
  • Literature reviews
  • Approaches to teaching and learning
  • Synthesis of depth psychological forms of inquiry with other multiple, hybrid and mixed research approaches
  • Practitioner perspectives and advice for novice researchers
  • Case applications and approaches in various fields (for example: clinical, organizational, vocational, leadership, the arts, ecopsychology, feminist methodology, Indigenous studies)

Peer reviewed articles integrate depth psychological epistemologies and methodologies with other research approaches on topics as diverse as ecology and environment, political and economic instabilities, clinical practice, biomedical fields, technology and science, legal studies, the social sciences, literary studies, popular culture, and the arts and humanities generally.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Depth psychological research methods
– Carol Grbich

Editorial: Depth psychology as ‘terrible trouble’ for researchers
– Jennifer Leigh Selig

Introduction: Research in the liminal zones
– Suzanne Cremen Davidson

‘Teaching’ depth: Reflections on the challenges and rewards of integrating depth psychology into research methodology
– Oksana Yakushko and Elizabeth Nelson

Alchemical hermeneutics: Differentiating the polyphony of voices in the work
– Jason A Butler

Making a place for unconscious factors in research
– Robert D Romanyshyn

Writing as method: Depth psychological research and archetypal voice
– Elizabeth Nelson

Climate change and psyche: Conversations with and through dreams
– Sally Gillespie

Gender unconscious in depth psychological qualitative research: Reflections and case examples
– Oksana Yakushko, Heidi Buckland, Yolanda Fullinwider and Kristi Pikiewicz

Institutional learning: Transcending two distinct approaches by integrating core values into inquiry
– Cynthia Anne Hale

Realizing a research ethic of solidarity: The role of the unconscious and an ontology drawn from Zen Buddhist teachings on non-duality
– Tucker Brown

Conducting research in an animated world: A case for suffering
– Alexandra Fidyk

Book reviews

The wounded researcher: Research with soul in mind – by Robert D Romanyshyn
– Reviewed by Colin A Holmes and Bernie Neville

Reply to the reviews – by Professors Holmes and Neville
– Robert D Romanyshyn

The art of inquiry: A depth psychological perspective (2nd ed.) – by Joseph Coppin and Elizabeth Nelson
– Reviewed by Suzanne Cremen Davidson

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