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