From reflexivity to emotion ….
THE POSTINGS BELOW BEGAN IN THE REPORT ON THE EXPLORATORY NARRATIVITY-REFLEXIVITY SEMINAR ….
Leah Davcheva on 30 Oct 2010 ….
I feel privileged to be,occasionally, part of your discussions. Thank you for this tremedous opportunity. Right now I am at the stage of deciding what direction I want to take in furthering my research activities – whether I should orient myself to something which is already familiar and I feel posiive about, or it could be a field which I’ve had little experience of. Within this context, Richard and I discussed the role emotions play in making this kind of decision. We discovered that our positions on that one were quite far apart.
I was reading the SIETAR (Society for intercultural education, training and research) discussion forum this morning and below is a small excerpt from a recent contribution. I thought I would cite it here not only because it captures well my understandings at the moment, but because emotions might be an issue you are addressing at the moment.
Here we go:
“I believe emotions are very powerful indicators of a person’s rooted values and beliefs. I personally pay a lot of attention to my emotions (and to those of others) since they signal to me how comfortable or not I am in a given situation. Doing so, it enables me to adapt (at least I try) to circumstances.
Emotions lively talk about a person’s experience and that is why it is so interesting to share about emotions with each other. Dealing with diversity and multicultural aspects of life makes it mandatory to me to first listen to my own emotions and then intellectually get closer to the other person as to know and understand that person better. If my emotions are positive I will feel at ease to get closer and learn from that person or situation. If, on the contrary, my emotions indicate I feel uncomfortable, I have to do an effort to “reprogram” my self and to regain personal stability …”
Although the person is clearly positioning himself as an intercultural trainer here, and not a researcher, I think his observations are relevant for the research field as well.