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Perspectives on Researcher Identity: An Exploration of the Personal, Interpersonal, & Transpersonal. Maureen Harrahy, Nadia Santiago, & Suzanne Adams Institute of Transpersonal Psychology January 2011. What is Transpersonal Psychology?.
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Maureen Harrahy, Nadia Santiago, &
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Utilize creative modalities
Contain rich descriptions of personal experiences
Use of Reflexivity
Potential for transformation of self/others
Potential for self-transcendence
Evokes/Encourages a sense of social responsibility
Use of self-reflection
Acknowledgement of both individual and cultural aspects of human experience
Potential for Integration
Honors human experience
Values alternative states of consciousness
Acknowledges the researcher’s connection to the researched
Values emotion “as they occur in participants, researchers, and readers” (Braud & Anderson, 1998, p. 219)
Aesthetic feeling as validation
Ontologically pluralistic; diversity in human exp.
Values participants as bearers of knowledge
Ability to adopt multiple perspectives
Recognizes and embraces subjectivity as a valuable way of knowing
Organic Inquiry: a collaborative method utilizing the personal experiences of the researcher & co-participants in order to create a sacred project that transforms & heals all involved (Clements, Ettling, Jenett, & Shields, 1998).
√5 Characteristics: Sacred, Personal, Chthonic, Relational, Transformative
√Connected Methodologies: Feminist, Heuristc
Integral Inquiry: a research approach combining complementary methods of inquiry to address the multifarious nature of research questions and the various ways of knowing (Braud, 1998).
√covering the continuum of qualitative & quantitative research
√costum-made approach, answering questions of a transpersonal nature
Intuitive Inquiry: methodology incorporating intuition, compassion, instant grasp of meaning, & assistance to underserved/under-recognized individuals/communities (Anderson, 1998)
√Transforms research from cold and scientific into a connection-driven, human interaction; the process is self-reflective, introspective, & demanding
√5 Cycles of Research: Claimed by topic, Preliminary lenses, Data collection, New lenses & transformation, Revisit Lit Rev & discuss implications
Interpersonal and Transpersonal Perspectives in an Inquiry into the Intersubjective Impact of a Traumatic Event
Method: Elaborative or Emergent Fit approach to Grounded Theory
Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Role Personal Experience
Insider Perspective Benefits
Transpersonal Dimensions of the Research
State of Current Research
√Completing data collection & beginning data analysis
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