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date: 22 February 2020

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This chapter: (1) reviews the basic tenets of mainstream psychiatric interviewing techniques; (2) analyzes the different ways of conceptualizing symptoms in the biomedical, psychodynamic, and phenomenological-hermeneutical paradigms; (3) describes the family of dispositives in use during the interview, that is the first- (subjective), second- (dialogical), and third-person (objective) mode of interviewing; (4) introduces three levels of the psychopathological inquiry: descriptive psychopathology, systematically studying conscious experiences, ordering and classifying them, and creating valid and reliable terminology; clinical psychopathology, pragmatically bridging relevant symptoms to diagnostic categories; structural psychopathology, assuming that the manifold of phenomena of a given mental disorder are a meaningful whole; and (5) provides a phenomenologically- and hermeneutically-informed flowchart for the psychiatric interview.

Keywords: assessment, hermeneutics, interview, phenomenology, psychopathology, subjectivity, symptom

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