Written for researchers and graduate students writing dissertations, this unique book offers detailed advice and perspective on many issues that can stall a research project and reveals what can be done to successfully resume it. Using a direct yet conversational style, author Paul C. Rosenblatt draws on his decades of experience to cover many diverse topics. The text guides readers through challenges such as clarifying the end goal of a project; resolving common and not-so-common writing problems; dealing with rejection and revision decisions; handling difficulties involving dissertation advisers and committee members; coping with issues of researcher motivation or self-esteem; and much more.

Self of Researcher

By “self of researcher” I mean the personality, personal dispositions, identity, ways of thinking about things, personal situation, life experiences, ego defenses, and personal limitations of the researcher. Careful and conscientious incorporation of the highest standards for good research into a project cannot stop the self of researcher from showing through. Every research study has at least some characteristics that reflect the self of the researcher. And, if a study becomes stalled, how, when, and why this happens may in some ways reflect the self of the researcher.

There is much more written about self of therapist than self of researcher, and programs for training therapists often focus explicitly on self of therapist issues. The importance of attending to self of therapist ...

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