thought we could evaluate this, possibly watching a videotape from a therapy session or talking about our experiences after a therapy session.
Based on these reflections, I decided to ask Meercat if we could have a new research dialogue.
7.3. Second Research Dialogue/Therapy Conversation Aims I wanted to continue the dialogue about the connection between being heard and listening, and check with Meercat if I had understood her the way she wanted me to understand her. I had some ideas about what I would like to know more about and I wanted to talk more about what I had called Meercat’s concerns. Further I wanted to explore with her, if and how we could use ’Anna’s understanding of the first research dialogue’, with some changes (if Meercat had some comments), as basis for our further relationship and collaboration. Could my ‘listening stance reminders’ be helpful?
Method Meercat and I had a 2-½ hour research dialogue. I gave her a choice between reading the whole transcript of the 1st RD or just ‘Anna’s understanding‘ of it. Meercat chose to read the latter. The conversation started just after she had finished reading. The dialogue was allowed to evolve through spontaneously expressive-responsive process, where I tried to be attentive towards what struck me, touched me, gave resonance or reminded me of earlier experience. The dialogue that evolved was audio taped and transcribed. 7.3.1. How the dialogue evolved The conversation with Meercat was planned to be a long research conversation. However, in the course of 20 minutes it developed into a therapy conversation where Meercat began to talk about highly sensitive and personal things, outside the scope of research dialogue. This change will be taken up in detail below. As described in the discussion about ethics, in the chapter on Dialogue as Method, it was clear to me that I am Meercat’s therapist first and foremost. I chose neither to finish the conversation nor to state that this was not any longer a research conversation.
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