Key need 1 Learning how to creatively and effectively use oneself in the treatment process is an important component of most forms of therapy training. This level of self-awareness is, however, often neglected in research, despite the centrality of the researcher to their work.

Reflexivity on Introspection
Reflexivity on introspection

This chapter builds on research where reflexivity on introspection is being adopted, for instance, with reference to real-life examples of heuristic and auto ethnographic research.

  • Introspection
  • Immersion
  • Self-examination
  • Heuristics
  • Ethnography
  • Creative writing
  • Journaling

This chapter revolves around self-reflection and self-awareness in research. The category which Finlay and Gough (2003) refer to as ‘reflexivity on introspection’ is illustrated in Figure 11.1. Reflexivity on introspection assumes that paying attention to the researcher's own reactions will add to the research. Almost like the strip of Litmus paper that changes colour in chemical experiments, our researcher will react and respond to her environment, and these reactions can be logged and reflected upon. This stance assumes that there is a ‘personal connection with the topic of inquiry, which inevitably leads to self-examination, ...

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