RESEARCHING PAIN — RE-SEARCHING THE RESEARCHER: PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN ON THE INNER LIFE AND ANXIETY OF THE INVESTIGATOR

  • James P. Anglin University of Victoria
  • Angela Scott Victoria Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling Centre
Keywords: researching pain, embodied knowing, research anxiety, pain-based behaviour

Abstract

Seldom do researchers comment on or discuss in their publications the impact of their research on themselves, nor do they explore the impact of their emotions on their research data gathering or findings. The authors provide excerpts from two of their own research studies to illustrate some of the personal dimensions which they, along with George Devereux, claim are central and significant in the process of social science research. We suggest that is it is important to introduce new researchers to the psychoemotional dimensions of the researcher’s own experiences in the research process in order to both sensitize them to potential research findings (often hidden), and prepare them for the possible (even likely) impacts on themselves as researchers, professionals, and human beings.

Author Biographies

James P. Anglin, University of Victoria
Emeritus Professor, School of Child and Youth Care
Angela Scott, Victoria Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling Centre
Child, youth, and family therapist
Published
2019-04-08