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Researcher and Therapist: The Conversations of the Qualitative Interview
Unformatted Document Text:  21 Conversation In this exemplar, the interviewer utilizes the therapeutic strategy of confrontation (Kottler, 1994) to point out discrepancies between the participant’s earlier statements and what he is saying now (“So, it is interesting that these first experiences that you are telling me about are kind of sexual. The way that you described identity was in some sexual terms. The things that you are looking more for are non-sexual things, other ways to meet community, to be like other people, you said. Now that I point that out, do you have anything to say about that?”). The participant aligns with this challenge and demonstrates insight into the reasons for his response (“It is interesting. I hadn’t thought of that. Along the lines of that, I kind of criticize the gay community for being so sexually oriented, but I think it probably goes deeper than that. I am frustrated and even disappointed in myself that I am so sexually driven. We can all say, you know, I have met some nice men who had the characteristics emotionally that I would like, but let’s face it, I guess I am chastising the gay community for the same feelings I have within me”). As a final element of his response, the participant poses a question to the interviewer (“Men are visually stimulated, don’t you think?”) and positions him as “a male that is visually stimulated.” It is at this point in the dialog that the interviewer begins to disclose his feelings about the topic and disalign from the presented image (“Some. I am not particularly that much of a visual person . . .”). As the participant continues to offer his experience of being male, (“I remember thinking back in junior high school ‘look at her ass, you know?’ That is just a male bonding thing to stand back and ogle girls, and men are boastful about sexual things. I think a great many of them have lives that revolve around sex, heterosexual and homosexual.”), the interviewer offers a second self-disclosure (“Some men’s lives, not mine.”) and completes his disalignment. (“You might notice that I kind of skip around when I am interviewing?”).

Authors: Kelly, Nancy.
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Conversation
In this exemplar, the interviewer utilizes the therapeutic strategy of confrontation
(Kottler, 1994) to point out discrepancies between the participant’s earlier statements and what
he is saying now (“So, it is interesting that these first experiences that you are telling me about
are kind of sexual. The way that you described identity was in some sexual terms. The things that
you are looking more for are non-sexual things, other ways to meet community, to be like other
people, you said. Now that I point that out, do you have anything to say about that?”). The
participant aligns with this challenge and demonstrates insight into the reasons for his response
(“It is interesting. I hadn’t thought of that. Along the lines of that, I kind of criticize the gay
community for being so sexually oriented, but I think it probably goes deeper than that. I am
frustrated and even disappointed in myself that I am so sexually driven. We can all say, you
know, I have met some nice men who had the characteristics emotionally that I would like, but
let’s face it, I guess I am chastising the gay community for the same feelings I have within me”).
As a final element of his response, the participant poses a question to the interviewer
(“Men are visually stimulated, don’t you think?”) and positions him as “a male that is visually
stimulated.” It is at this point in the dialog that the interviewer begins to disclose his feelings
about the topic and disalign from the presented image (“Some. I am not particularly that much of
a visual person . . .”). As the participant continues to offer his experience of being male, (“I
remember thinking back in junior high school ‘look at her ass, you know?’ That is just a male
bonding thing to stand back and ogle girls, and men are boastful about sexual things. I think a
great many of them have lives that revolve around sex, heterosexual and homosexual.”), the
interviewer offers a second self-disclosure (“Some men’s lives, not mine.”) and completes his
disalignment. (“You might notice that I kind of skip around when I am interviewing?”).


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