FQS 4(2) Meek: The Place of the Unconscious in Qualitative Research

FQS 4(2) Meek: The Place of the Unconscious in Qualitative Research

What is this wasting time about? If I may anthropomorphize, I think much of it has to do with our minds putting on the brakes, dragging its heels. We aren’t quite ready to do what it is that our work calls us to do. If we are writing, we aren’t ready to put things together in a coherent way. If we are coding, perhaps we aren’t ready to take things apart? I am suggesting this may not be simple avoidance or procrastination. I find it useful, when I am able to remember, that my mind may be conveying the message something further actually is needed. Sometimes—only sometimes—if I can consider the difficulty from this point of view, I can identify another approach. I may need to mull things over a little longer or work for a time in a very different direction from what I had thought might be the next step. I suggest we listen to our hesitations, to what seems like an inclination to waste time, and to try to locate a message from ourselves in them

Oh so that’s what I do, lol – tell that to the LFs when the deadline arrives!!

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