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Prof Darren Langdridge

Prof Darren Langdridge

Professor of Psychology and Sexuality

Psychology

Profile

I am Professor of Psychology and Sexuality in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University. I was Head of Department from 2011 to 2014. I am also Honorary Professor of Psychology at Aalborg University in Denmark and a UKCP accredited existential psychotherapist.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Psychology (Sheffield)
PG Cert Psychotherapy (Sheffield)
MA (Dist) Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy (NSPC/Sheffield)
PhD Psychology (Sheffield)

Professional affiliations

Chartered Psychologist - British Psychological Society (BPS)
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) accredited psychotherapist
Clinical Member of the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association
Clinical Member of the Society for Existential Analysis
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Course development and teaching

I developed the Foundation Degree in Counselling (X09) and was centrally involved in the production of the module Counselling: exploring fear and sadness (D240). Prior to this, I was chair of production for Social psychology: critical perspectives on self and others (DD307) and Introduction to counseling (D171). I am currently chairing the presentation of Counselling: exploring fear and sadness (D240) and making production contributions to a number of modules.

Research interests

I am an interdisciplinary social scientist with a disciplinary background in psychology working across a number of emerging and innovative areas: phenomenological methodology, the social scientific study of sexualities, and existential psychotherapy. I have sought to develop phenomenological methodology and existential psychotherapy, and redefine the frontiers of contemporary research concerned with the psychology of sexualities, as follows. (1) I argue that many of the contemporary methodological problems that we must contend with in the social sciences can be addressed through the continued development and proper application of phenomenological methods. My own work has not only involved the rigorous use of established methods on a variety of substantive topics from assisted conception to gay fatherhood but also the development of a new method of critical narrative analysis (CNA). (2) My work on sexualities has sought to allow the voices of those concerned to be heard, with me playing a central role in redefining the frontiers of research on the psychology of sexualities. I have conducted empirical work on a variety of topics that were hitherto on the margins of this field, most notably on consensual sadomasochism (BDSM). Most importantly, however, my work on sexualities has allowed me recently to prosecute an argument about the divisive nature of political change in sexual citizenship and how the boundaries are being continually policed with ‘inventive’ new claims of threat to the established social order. To this end, I am currently working on a book on sexual citizenship for Oxford University Press. (3) I have sought to advance the theory and practice of psychotherapy. Most notably, this has included the prosecution of a case in favour of affirmative therapy with sexual minority clients, a queer critique of LGB coming-out models and a central role in the team producing the UK national guidelines for psychologists working with sexual and gender minorities.

I am particularly interested in supervising doctoral students wishing to conduct research on sexualities and students who wish to employ phenomenological and/or hermeneutic methodologies (particularly Critical Narrative Analysis or other attempts to bring phenomenology/hermeneutics and critical social theory together).

I am the founding Editor-in-chief (with Dr. M.J. Barker) of the journal Psychology & Sexuality.

I am also a longstanding member of the International Human Sciences Research Conference grouping and organised the 30th IHSR Conference (held at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford). I now host the IHSRC Network website, a central information point for all researchers and practitioners interested in human sciences research.

Recent publications

A selection of my research publications can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Authored Books

Langdridge, D. & Hagger-Johnson, G. (2013). Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology, 3rd Edition. Harlow: Pearson Education.

Langdridge, D. (2012). Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage.

Langdridge, D. (2007). Phenomenological Psychology: Theory, Research and Method. Harlow: Pearson Education.

Edited Books

Langdridge, D. & Barker, M. (eds.) (2013). Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (eds.) (2012). Understanding Non-Monogamies. New York: Routledge.

Barker, M., Vossler, A. & Langdridge, D. (eds.) (2010). Understanding Counselling. London: Sage. [OU co-published text]

Langdridge, D. & Taylor, S. (eds.) (2007). Critical Readings in Social Psychology.  Maidenhead: Open University Press. [OU co-published text]

Chapters in Books

Langdridge, D. (in press). Benevolent heterosexism and the ‘less-than-queer’ citizen subject. In P. Hammack (ed.) Oxford Handbook of Social Psychology and Social Justice, New York: Oxford University Press.

Langdridge, D. (2014). Gay affirmative therapy: recognizing the power of the social world. In M. Milton (ed.) Sexuality: Existential Perspectives. Ross on Wye: PCCS Books (pp. 160-173).

Langdridge D. (2013). Sadism / Masochism. In: Teo T. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology: SpringerReference (www.springerreference.com). Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. DOI: 10.1007/SpringerReference_304923 2012-06-12 12:25:21 UTC.

Langdridge, D. & Barker, M. (2013). Relationship therapy with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans clients. In E. van Deurzen & S. Iacovou (eds.) Existential Perspectives on Relationship Therapy (pp. 148 – 160) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (2013). The challenge of sexuality and embodiment in human relationships. In E. van Deurzen & S. Iacovou (eds.) Existential Perspectives on Relationship Therapy (pp. 54 – 67) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Langdridge, D. & Barker, M. (2013). Sadomasochism: past, present and future. In D. Langdridge & M. Barker (eds.) Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (2010). Situating non-monogamies: introduction. In M. Barker & D. Langdridge, (Eds.) Understanding Non-Monogamies. New York: Routledge.

Barker, M., Vossler, A. & Langdridge, D. (2010).Introduction. In M. Barker, A. Vossler, & D. Langdridge, D. (Eds.) Understanding counselling. London: Sage / Milton Keynes: The Open University. [OU co-published text]

Langdridge, D. (2010). Existential therapy. In M. Barker, A. Vossler, & D. Langdridge, D. (Eds.) Understanding counselling. London: Sage / Milton Keynes: The Open University. [OU co-published text]

Langdridge, D., Barker, M. & Cooper, M. (2010). The therapeutic relationship. In M. Barker, A. Vossler, & D. Langdridge, D. (Eds.) Understanding counselling. London: Sage / Milton Keynes: The Open University. [OU co-published text]

Barker, M., Vossler, A. & Langdridge, D. (2010). Conclusions. In M. Barker, A. Vossler, & D. Langdridge, D. (Eds.) Understanding counselling. London: Sage / Milton Keynes: The Open University. [OU co-published text]

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (2009). Silencing Accounts of Silenced Sexualities. In R. Ryan-Flood & R. Gill (Eds.) Secrecy and Silence in the Research Process: Feminist Reflections. London: Routledge.

Langdridge, D. (2009). Relating through difference: a critical narrative analysis. In L. Finlay & K. Evans (Eds). Relational centred research for psychotherapists: exploring meanings and experience. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell (pp. 213-226). 

Langdridge, D. (2008). Are you angry or are you heterosexual? A queer critique of LGB coming-out models. In. L. Moon (Ed.) Feeling Queer or Queer Feelings: Counselling Sexual Sub-cultures. London: Routledge (pp. 23-35).

Finlay, L. & Langdridge, D. (2007). Embodiment. In W. Hollway, H. Lucey & A. Phoenix (Eds.) Social Psychology Matters. Maidenhead: Open University Press / Milton Keynes: The Open University. [OU co-published text]

Langdridge, D. (2007). Speaking the unspeakable: SM and the eroticisation of pain. In D. Langdridge & M. Barker (Eds.)Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (pp. 85-97).

Langdridge, D. & Barker, M. (2007). Situating sadomasochism. In D. Langdridge & M. Barker (Eds.)Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (pp. 3-9).

Langdridge, D. (2007). Gay affirmative therapy: A theoretical framework and defence. In E. Peel, V. Clarke & J. Drescher (Eds.) British Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Psychologies: Theory, Research, and Practice. New York: Haworth Press (pp. 27-43). [Simultaneous publication with J. of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy, 11 (1/2)]

Langdridge, D. (2007). The time of the sadomasochist: Hunting with(in) the ‘tribus’. In S. Seidman, N. Fischer & C. Meeks (Eds.) Introducing the New Sexuality Studies [First published in hardback as Handbook of the New Sexuality Studies in 2006]. London: Routledge (pp. 280-287).

Langdridge, D. (2007). The fundamental attribution error. In D. Langdridge & S. Taylor (Eds.) (2007). Critical Readings in Social Psychology. Maidenhead: Open University Press / Milton Keynes: The Open University. [OU co-published text]

Langdridge, D. (2007). Conclusion. In D. Langdridge & S. Taylor (Eds.) (2007). Critical Readings in Social Psychology. Maidenhead: Open University Press / Milton Keynes: The Open University. [OU co-published text]

Robson, C. & Langdridge, D. (2002). The Analysis of Quantitative Data. In C. Robson, Real World Research 2nd Ed. Oxford: Blackwell (pp. 391-454).

Edited Journal Special Issues

Hegarty, P., Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (Eds.) (2011). Special Issue: Queer Theory and Psychology. Psychology & Sexuality, 2 (1).

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (Eds.) (2005). Special Issue: Contemporary perspectives on S/M. Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review, 6 (3).

Articles in Refereed Journals

Langdridge, D. (2014). Actively dividing selves: S/M and the thrill of disintegration. Psychology of Sexualities Review, 5(1), pp. 29-39. [Special compendium edition, reprint of 2005 article in Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review]

Langdridge, D. (2013). Gay fathers, gay citizenship: on the power of futurism and assimilation. Citizenship Studies, Vol. 17 (6–7), pp. 713–726.

Flowers, P., Langdridge, D., Gough, B. & Holliday, R. (2013). On the biomedicalisation of the penis: the commodification of function and aethetics. International Journal of Men’s Health, 12 (2), pp. 121-137.

Langdridge, D. & Flowers, P. (2013). Living with the 'enemy': HIV and inter-species relating. Sociology, 47(4), pp. 827-840.

Langdridge, D. (2012). Existential coaching: developing a model for effective practise. Coaching Psykologi: the Danish Journal of Coaching Psychology, 2(1), pp. 83-89.

Langdridge, D. (2012). Heterosexism, homonegativity and the sociopolitical dangers of orthodox models of prejudice reduction (Commentary). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35 (6), p. 30.

Wharne, S., Langdridge, D. & Motzkau, J. (2012). Decision-making in mental health care: a phenomenological investigation of service users perspectives. The Humanistic Psychologist, 40(2), 153-165.

Langdridge, D., Barker, M., Reavey, P. & Stenner, P. (2012). Becoming a subject: a memory work study of the experience of romantic jealousy. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 13(2), Art. 5, http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs120258.

Spaten, O.M., Byrialsen, M.N. & Langdridge, D. (2011). Men's grief, meaning and growth: a phenomenological investigation of the meaning of loss. Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 11(2), 15pp. doi: 10.2989/IPJP.2011.11.2.4.1163

Tran, M., Minocha, S., Roberts, D., Laing, A. & Langdridge, D. (2011). A means-ends analysis of consumers' perceptions of virtual world affordances for e-commerce. Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2011 Proceedings Part I, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 6946, 362-379, DOI:  10.1007/978-3-642-23774-4

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (2010). Whatever happened to non-monogamies: Critical reflections on recent research and theory. Sexualities, 13(6), 748-772.

Blyth, E., Langdridge, D. & Harris, R. (2010). Family Building in Donor Conception: Parents’ Experiences of Sharing Information. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 28(2), 116-127.

Barker, M. & Langdridge, D. (2008). Bisexuality: working with a silenced sexuality. Feminism & Psychology, 18(3), 389-394.

Langdridge, D. (2008) Phenomenology and critical social psychology: directions and debates in theory and research. Social and Personality Psychology Compass,2 (3), 1126–1142, DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-9004.2008.00114.x

King, N., Finlay, L., Ashworth, P., Smith, J.A., Langdridge, D., & Butt, T. (2008). ‘Can’t really trust that, so what can I trust?’: a polyvocal, qualitative analysis of the psychology of mistrust. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 5(2), 80-102.

Flowers, P. & Langdridge, D. (2007). Offending the other: Deconstructing narratives of deviance and pathology. British Journal of Social Psychology, 46 (3), 679-690.

Langdridge, D., Sheeran, P. & Connolly, K.J. (2007). Analyzing additional variables in the theory of reasoned action. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37 (8), pp. 1884-1913.

Langdridge, D. (2007). Gay affirmative therapy: A theoretical framework and defence. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy, 11 (1/2), 27-43.

Langdridge, D. (2006). Ideology and utopia: Social psychology and the social imaginary of Paul Ricoeur. Theory and Psychology, 16 (5), pp. 641-659.

Langdridge, D. (2006). Voices from the margins: SM and sexual citizenship. Citizenship Studies, 10 (4), pp. 373-389.

Langdridge, D. (2006). Solution Focused Therapy: A Way Forward for Brief Existential Therapy? Existential Analysis, 17.2, pp. 359-370.

Langdridge, D. (2006). Imaginative variations on selfhood: Elaborating an existential-phenomenological approach to dream analysis. Existential Analysis, 17.1, pp. 2-13.

Crossley, A. & Langdridge, D. (2005). Understanding the reasons for happiness: A network analysis. Journal of Happiness Studies, 6 (2), pp. 107-135.

Langdridge, D. (2005). Between ideology and utopia: Re-thinking conflict and reconciliation in psychotherapy. Existential Analysis, 16.2, pp. 221-235.

Langdridge, D. (2005). ‘The Child’s Relations with Others’: Merleau-Ponty, Embodiment and Psychotherapy. Existential Analysis, 16.1, pp. 87-99.

Langdridge, D. (2005). Actively dividing selves: S/M and the thrill of disintegration. Lesbian & Gay Psychology Review, 6 (3), 198-208.

Langdridge, D. & Butt, T. W. (2005). The erotic construction of power exchange. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 18 (1), pp. 65-73.

Langdridge, D., Sheeran, P. & Connolly, K.J. (2005) Understanding the reasons for parenthood. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 23 (2), 1-13.

Langdridge, D. (2004). The hermeneutic phenomenology of Paul Ricoeur: Problems and possibilities for existential-phenomenological psychotherapy. Existential Analysis, 15.2, pp. 243-255.

Langdridge, D. & Butt, T. W. (2004). The fundamental attribution error: A phenomenological critique. British Journal of Social Psychology, 43 (3), 357-369.

Langdridge, D. & Butt, T. (2004). A hermeneutic phenomenological investigation of the construction of sadomasochistic identities. Sexualities, 7(1), pp. 31-53.

Butt, T. & Langdridge, D. (2003). The construction of self: The public reach into the private sphere. Sociology, 37 (3), 477-494.

Langdridge, D. (2003). Hermeneutic Phenomenology: Arguments for a New Social Psychology. History and Philosophy of Psychology, 5(1), pp. 30-45.

Langdridge, D. & Blyth, E. (2001). Regulation of assisted conception services in Europe: Implications of the new reproductive technologies for ‘the family’. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 23 (1), pp. 45-64.

Langdridge, D., Connolly, K.J. & Sheeran, P. (2000). A network analytic study of the reasons for wanting a child.  Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 18 (4), pp. 321-338.

Langdridge, D. (2000). The welfare of the child: problems of indeterminacy and deontology.  Human Reproduction, 15 (3), pp. 101-103.

Professional reports

Shaw, L., Butler, C., Langdridge, D., Gibson, S., Barker, M., Lenihan, P., Nair, R., &Richards, C. (2012). Guidelines for psychologists working therapeutically with sexual and gender minority clients. Leicester: British Psychological Society. [98 pages: guidelines and literature review]

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Last updated: 12 August 2015