These words to one of our interviewees, by her husband, reminded us of the problem of qualitative research. In distilling themes, making comparisons and grouping responses, we are taking an approach that pushes our research toward the average - and these girls aren’t average! Narrative inquiry might hold a way for us to tell stories without over-summarizing. Or a graphic representation might do the trick: we talked about some way of visualizing the tone and/or laughter in our interviews. It could be tough to move away from average, and yet share legitimate ideas through our research - but we’ll try!
Man, Sanskrit and therapy
The last few days, I’ve been digesting material from this week’s Buddhist Pyschology & Narrative Therapy training at the Kenwood Center. I’m struck the most by the Buddhist concepts of “self and non-self.” You are you, and you are universal. In counseling, thinking about “non-self,” individuals are free to drop their gender, physicality and other filters at the door. They are invited to see themselves and others as essence, rather than appearance. I wonder how this would effect couples’ counseling and family work… I’ve got more learning to do!
(Image stolen from Spirituality & Health Magazine’s website, with thanks!)
Meditation-November (Medvember?) day 3! Today, I grabbed a tennis ball, a timer and I laid on the floor.
I stuck the tennis ball under my shoulder on a spot that’s been bugging me (switching shoulders halfway through), and put my legs in Baddha Konasana, arms out to the side. Like the photo, minus the pillows and such. If you try it, enjoy it!