After a long wait, here is the link to my Final Project for my Master’s Degree (Venezia-I-We-All), a paper on a research project that I conducted on We Space/ Intersubjective Awareness Practices. [Edit 10/14: See Below for a table of contents]
In the coming weeks, I plan on posting excerpts and unpacking my thesis here–so if you want the short and most important points, stay tuned.
The wait has been long because I’ve been waiting for my paper to be returned by my advisor–that still has not happened, and it’s been in the mail for over a month by this point. So, I am now taking a slightly different orientation: rather than pretend like this is some final and complete thing, I recognize that my work on explicating, advancing, and co-creating/co-exploring Intersubjective Practices will continue to iterate as long as I am in relationship, and so letting this out to be engaged with by a broader community will help further refine and hone my ability to do this.
1: Quotes: some quotes to set the mood.
2: Introduction: Overview of the paper, themes, reasons for writing, etc.
5: Methods. This introduces the methods that I used to generate data. Likely only interesting for theory-heads.
10: Second-Person Results: What is We Space? The meat of the paper. I suggest that if squeezed for time (or if you find the format repetitive) you scan through checking the italicized section titles, reading any sections that are interesting.
48: Discussion of Second-Person
51: First Person Results: Introduction and discussion of the psychometric data.
56: Results and Discussion: Intuitive Inquiry: This section contains a final set of ‘assumptions’ or ‘lenses’ through which I now (or at least, in June) understand We Space practice.
62: Third-Person Results and Discussion: a (very) short discussion of the survey I conducted.
64: Conclusion: A New Way of Being As The World Together: A summary of themes and learnings from the project.
68: Appendix A: Development, Post-Dialectics, and Post-Metaphysics: A roughshod explanation of some of the background/implicit psychological dynamics of development that I am drawing on, and how these effect our notions of what is real, and the resulting worlds we inhabit. Helpful to get a sense of what I mean by “metaphysical boundaries,” for one thing.
76: Appendix B: Practical examples of ‘boundary emptiness,’ along with write-ups of some experiences of interpersonal emptiness.
84: Appendix C: Subtle, Causal, Development, State, and Vantage Point: A discussion of the frameworks applied to the practice experiences.
87: Appendix D: Examples of We Space Practice: Helpful for one not familiar with “We Space.”
91: Appendix E: Original Intuitive Inquiry Lenses, used to compare with final lenses to track changes in my own understanding.
93: Appendix F: My Interviewees, and their associated groups. Helpful for those looking for practices and groups.
95: Appendix G: Interview Questions: The list of guiding questions that I used to guide the Second-Person In Depth Interviews.
96: Appendix H: List of Themes from In-Depth Interviews: The Bare-bones answer to “What are We Spaces,” as emerged in my coding of interviews, presented without explanation.