Research Design and Methodology

Creativity requires the courageto let go of certainties.

Erich Fromm, 1956


In this chapter, the research methodology used is introduced and presented. The chapter starts by describing the research design and research methodology, followed by the research paradigm, which is defined in the field of hermeneutics in psychobiographical case study research. Selected quality criteria of qualitative case study research and markers of good psychobiographical research are defined and presented in relation to this study. Furthermore, the research process in psychobiography followed in this study is explained. The hermeneutical circle, in terms of pre-assumptions, redefinition of assumptions and finally conclusions, is presented in the data collection and analysis process. The data collection process is presented, including the sampling procedure and the selection of first- and third-person documents, and the theories selected and applied are introduced. Moreover, the process of data analysis and interpretation is introduced, referring primarily to content and narrative analysis - combining and integrating these two approaches - and the data presentation and reporting style are described. Finally, the ethical considerations and implications of this study are discussed and the methodological limitations are outlined. In the end, a chapter summary is provided.

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