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 as Intersubjective Reflection
Reflexivity as intersubjective reflection

This chapter examines intersubjective processes in research. It emphasises psycho-analytically informed research, where transference, countertransference and ‘unconscious’ processes are part of the process.

  • Psychoanalysis
  • Transference
  • Countertransference
  • Unconscious processes
  • Psycho-social research
  • Emotions
  • Ongoing consent
  • Infant-observation model
  • Free-association interview

Introspective and intersubjective, and indeed collaborative and politically informed, reflexivity are interlinked and related. Typically, what Finlay and Gough (2003: 6) refer to as a form of reflexivity based ‘on intersubjective reflection’ is that researchers ‘explore the mutual meanings involved in the research relationship’. As highlighted in Figure 12.1, the self-in-relation to others becomes ‘both focus and object of focus’ (Finlay and Gough 2003: 6).

This is not dissimilar from the autoethnographic approach, which bridges introspective and intersubjective reflexivity. We will return to the issue of ethnography below, although with an ...

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