Psychology is from mars, sexology is from venus: Can they meet on earth?

Melissa A. Farmer, Yitzchak M. Binik*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Mainstream psychologists have not pursued sexology with the enthusiasm aimed at other areas of psychological research. Ambivalence is evident in the ideological marginalization of sexology by mainstream psychology. The authors argue that scientific conflicts between the disciplines in part reflect divergent interpretations of how each discipline approaches the scientific method. By aligning psychology with positivism and sexology with postpositivism, a discussion of cultural, scientific, and normative conflicts between the two disciplines is presented as evidence for these differences in scientific ideology. To address these conflicts, future directions for scientific progress are proposed for sexology and psychology. Specifically, by capitalizing on the strengths of each discipline, collaboration can lead to the validation of sexology as a science and the enhancement of both disciplines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-51
Number of pages6
JournalCanadian Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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