Employing elements of Bernadette Marie Calafell's critique of autoethnographic reflexivity, this essay describes the difficulties of honoring the “Other” by sharing the experience of psychosis through poetry. I question how to create shared meanings within the realities of major mental illness in critical and phenomenological terms, exploring these perceptions by breaking from narrative into the poetic expression of my idiosyncratic worlds. In doing so, I search for the clearings in Martin Heidegger's forest, embracing a vulnerable reflexivity that invites understanding and compassion: those places where we create shared meanings for each “Other” through our shifting contexts.
Jason Burnett is a doctoral student in the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University. Correspondence to: Jason Burnett, School of Media and Communication, 302 West Hall, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Jason Burnett; Set Apart. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2015; 4 (3): 16–26. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2015.4.3.16
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