How psychotherapy patients represent their "tender feelings" (completed)

Beate Seibt and Jon Trygve Monsen have investigated how psychotherapy patients represent their "tender feelings".

Portraits og Monsen, Seibt and Abdu

From left: J.T. Monsen (private archive), B. Seibt (UiO) and H. Abdu (private archive)

In 2019, thanks to the LCE research assistant grant, Jon Monsen and Beate Seibt were able to run a project on how psychotherapy patients represent their "tender feelings". Concretely, the assistant coded interviews conducted with these patients at various points during and after therapy according to how they notice "tender feelings", what catches their attention, what they believe "tenderness" signals to them, and how they handle it. This is foundational work to better understand the representation of various affects in people’s narratives. The project dealt specifically with "tenderness" (ømhet) and kama muta, but we are also working on other affects. The output will lend itself to comparisons across groups of individuals (e.g., defined in terms of psychosocial functioning), across different affects and between literary and non-literary narratives.

Tags: Tenderness, Feelings, Emotions, Psychotherapy
Published Oct. 2, 2020 1:22 PM - Last modified May 4, 2022 12:08 PM