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date: 19 February 2019

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This article explores how research in phenomenological psychopathology can be translated to quantitative data, using the “EASE: Examination of Anomalous Self-Experience” scale as an example. To appreciate the distinctiveness of phenomenological psychopathology, we first describe key features of the philosophical discipline of phenomenology, in which phenomenological psychopathology is rooted. We then outline central characteristics of phenomenological psychopathology itself, before examining the construction of EASE scale, its psychometric properties, and the results from this direction of empirical-quantitative research. Finally, we emphasize that even though the EASE scale is rooted by phenomenology, the EASE interviews themselves must also be conducted in a phenomenologically faithful way, and we offer some insights into how these interviews must be conducted, for example, in a semi-structured, conversational manner, by keeping focus on the patients’ lived experiences, and by identifying essential features of the patients’ anomalies of self-experience (i.e. self-disorders).

Keywords: phenomenology, phenomenological psychopathology, EASE: Examination of Anomalous Self-Experience, interview, self-disorders

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