This paper takes its starting point from diary notes of a moment of reflection in fieldwork based research. This episode highlights the need for the researcher to bring renewed attention to her own cultural background asking for assumptions of knowledge based on familiarity to be questioned and explored as an integral part of the research process. What follows is an exploration of this process from a theoretical point of view. The same process is thus viewed in the light of Bion’s work in the field of Group Relations and psychoanalysis and Bergson’s work in philosophy on ‘intuition as a method’. The mind’s attention to itself and its own processes emerges not only as a basis for reflexivity in research, but as a fundamental aspect of a psycho-social research methodology based on philosophical underpinnings.
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