Methodological Paradigms and Approaches Reconsidered for This Study

The research is based on a psychobiographical study of a single case, the individual Paulo Coelho, from birth to the year 2017, and is contextualised in the hermeneutic tradition. The methodological paradigms and approaches used in this study proved to be suitable for the study. The key principles highlighted by Fourie (1996) were applied, aiming at (a) understanding the subject of research (in the frame of the theories applied), (b) seeing the researcher as a main research instrument (as reflected in Chap. 6 and Sect. 9.9, (c) focusing on interpretation (in the findings section), (d) on subjectivity (as outlined with regard to the qualitative methodology used), (e) and on the process or research (e.g. the revisions of the research assumptions), (f) being flexible in the process of conducting research (e.g. the revisions of the research assumptions) and finally (g) pointing out the contextualisation of the research study (by describing Paulo Coelho’s life context). All these key principles were adhered to and contributed to the quality of this research while applying an intuitive focus (Allport, 1929). The reality constructed is the one that exists between the researcher and the researched, whereby the researched combines the individual and creative works (Bulhof, 1982). It is subjective in nature (Bateson, 1987) and self-reflective (Ratner, 2002).

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