One month
gone in a blink and the research process is moving ahead. In London where the above flowers were found, intensive care is most often
associated with hospitals or hand lotions. In this case it means that I am experiencing intensive care for my research project and the gifts I
experience are continuously being given to me on my step by step journey doing
the research. The people I get to meet are a blessing in themselves, sharing
knowledge, expertise and skill. Especially the experts involved in sharing
their stories with me bringing an extra bonus with them in radiating a rare
kind of beauty.

I am so
grateful that choose qualitative and not quantitative research methodology.
Currently having the opportunity to learn more about quantitative methods at
SERAF (Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research) weekly taking part at their PhD
supervision and tutoring, a complete set of other skills are required to
administer a quantitative study. I see the value and respect the quantitative
craft, but enjoy the qualitative approach being a more appropriate approach in
my doctorate.

If I had
chosen quantitative methodology I would not have had the opportunity to encounter
the persons and have the in depth meetings I have. And not been able to partake
in the profound wisdom that comes with this in depth semi-structured interviews
in qualitative research. I have chosen qualitative research within the
phenomenological domain which provides me with the opportunity to search for
meaning of the so called ‘lived experience’ of a particular phenomenon.

The
particular phenomenon under investigation is the lived experience of
surrendering ones will and life to a Higher Power within the Alcoholics
Anonymous 12-step fellowship. Now being intimately acquainted with and immersed
in the work I find it most interesting and that it provides what is termed data
– or in other words – experiences,
personal stories and perspectives so essential and intriguing to me as human
being, as psychotherapist and as a researcher I am left almost speechless. I am
half way through the process of interviewing and can’t wait to complete. For my
psychosynthesis colleagues this phenomenon connected to working with the will
aspects is a hidden treasure…

After
having completed the interview the next phase will start. This next phase will
include transcribing the audio files and starting to analyse and code one
interview at the time. After each interview has been completed analysis across
multiple cases can start.

My chosen
method is Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) which was conceived
through professor Jonathan Smith in 1997. What I like the most about IPA is
that it stays close to originals data and requires excerpts from the data to
underpin findings and arguments. Interested in IPA – check out: http://www.ipa.bbk.ac.uk/

A central
concept when doing phenomenological research and in particular IPA is having an
awareness of reflexivity. Integrating a reflexive stance throughout the
transcription phase, the analysis and the discussion is central to remain transparent.
This is important to monitor biases and help the reader to place the researcher
within her chosen epistemology (the study or theory of the nature and grounds
of knowledge) and ontology (Ontology is the
philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality).
In short the researchers belief system in which she places herself and the
glasses through which she looks to analyse the data. Partly the researchers
view is of course influenced by knowledge derived from the literature review,
previous research and clinical experience.

So with
eight interviews of 60-90 minutes of data, the next few weeks will easily fill
the soundproof multilayered bubble I am currently in – pushing almost
everything else outside. But it’s a great bubble to be in at the moment…

So fellow
readers, colleagues, friends, students – enjoy spring and the spring flowers…