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Living in the borderlands; writing in the margins: an autoethnographic tale
Article first published online: 22 NOV 2007
Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Volume 14, Issue 8, pages 771–782, December 2007
How to Cite
SHORT, N. P., GRANT, A. and CLARKE, L. (2007), Living in the borderlands; writing in the margins: an autoethnographic tale. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 14: 771–782. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2007.01172.x
Dramatis Personae: Alec Grant, Principal Lecturer and Course Leader MSc Cognitive Psychotherapy, University of Brighton, Cognitive Psychotherapist in Private Practice, Mental Health User and Survivor. Nigel Short, practices as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. Has used mental health services. Professional Doctorate Student. Liam Clarke, Reader in Mental Health, University of Brighton. Reviewers 1 and 2: The 2 USA prepublication reviewers of God and Planes (Grant 2006). P-N (Psychiatric-Nursing jiscmail contributor). Marian (Prof Doc Student friend of Nigel). Jane (CPN friend of Alec's and wife of Graham, Alec's friend of nearly 40 years). Ian (friend and colleague of Nigel). Neil (friend and colleague of Nigel). Adrian (friend, colleague and postgraduate student of Alec). Mary (Alec's wife). Mark H (friend and colleague of Nigel). Mike H (friend and colleague of Nigel).
- Issue published online: 22 NOV 2007
- Article first published online: 22 NOV 2007
- Accepted for publication: 8 August 2007
A prerequisite to helping others is, arguably, some semblance of understanding of one's own self. But, how does one do self in a way that satisfies the integrity of psychotherapeutic theory, or the tenets of qualitative research? Moreover, what are the implications for the morally marginalized and uncertain in an era of epistemological and ontological certainty? These questions preface the raw data that constitutes the bulk of this paper: messy-text emails, reflections and comments from others, in relation to the breakdown experiences of two mental health academics/practitioners/teachers/supervisors. The methodology is autoethnography, thus the aim evocative. The textual presentation is in triple-column form: in the first is the accounts of the protagonists, Short and Grant; the second contains reflections from friends and family, and the final is Clarke's pan-theoretical reflections on both.