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Psychiatry and Psychology: The Wall

Steven J. Kingsbury, MD, Phd
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1987;44(4):391. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1987.01800160107014.
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To the Editor—  Holzman1 and, in reply, Brown2 have written about a differential "wall" that allows present-day psychiatry to be more open to advances from the neurosciences than from psychology. Although Brown rejected disciplinary chauvinism as the reason psychiatry and psychology are held apart, his explanation, based on the tension between teleologic and causal approaches, does not seem compelling, as such a tension exists in both psychiatry and psychology. Another, more basic explanation may be operative and suggests that the wall between psychiatry and psychology may work both ways.As one who has trained as a psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist, I have written that each group views even the same phenomena in the context of markedly different constructs.3 My article suggested that differences in training lead each group to think of science in separate ways. Most simplistically put, psychiatrists are more apt to see theories in


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