This essay is drawn from the author's book, Therapy, Stand-Up, and the Gesture of Writing: Towards Creative-Relational Inquiry, which explores the connections between therapy, stand-up comedy, and writing as a method of inquiry. The essay is a poetic meditation on being given the green light and not taking it. A meditation on permission, a meditation on warning: on the insistent green flash the performer heeds or ignores; and the invitations the client gives—there, then gone—there, then gone—there, then gone—that the therapist takes or misses. It is a meditation on hope, regret, and shame.
Meditations on a Green Light Bulb
Jonathan Wyatt is Professor of Qualitative Inquiry and Director of the Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry at the University of Edinburgh. His book, Therapy, Stand-Up, and the Gesture of Writing, was published by Routledge in 2019. Correspondence to: Jonathan Wyatt, Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh, Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG, UK. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jonathan Wyatt; Meditations on a Green Light Bulb. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2019; 8 (3): 49–54. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.3.49
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