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Distance to lived-through experienceContents of the description of the experienceQualities of the interactive situation
Which of the four positions was most central for understanding the experience:In the descriptions provided by the interviewee, are there references to:Rate the interview situation for the following aspects:
An evocative position [3]
  • – The person describes a particularized, lived-through experience in a tangible and animated manner, concretizing lived presence in the moment.

  • – movements or dynamic forms,

  • – bodily experiences,

  • – images of agency,

  • – images of an environment and/or of objects,

  • – autobiographical experiences.1

  • – visible signs of inner “listening’ (turning toward inner experience) [no signs vs. clearly visible],

  • – amusedness of the interviewee at speaking about the experience [no signs vs. clearly visible],

  • – support by the interviewer in examining the experience [very little vs. very strong],

  • – relaxedness of the interaction [tense vs. relaxed],

  • – openness of the interviewee to own experiences (including new findings and surprises) [self-controlled vs. open].2

A semi-evocative position [2]
  • – The person describes a particularized, lived-through experience, but in a more distant and conceptual manner than above.

A particularized abstract position [1]
  • – The person describes a particularized experience, but detached from lived experience, relying on vague memory traces, learned schemata or interpretations.

A generalizing abstract position [0]
  • – The person generalizes the experience, or explains it theoretically.

  • – Is detached both from lived experience and from particular experience.

1 In each case, a four-point scale was used: “no” = 0, “maybe” = 1, “yes” = 2, “centrally” = 3.2 In each case, a four-point scale was used between the two opposing alternatives given.