Gestalt fundamentals provide advantageous training for researchers utilizing qualitative methodology in order to better use themselves as their own instrument. The person of the researcher in the social sciences, as interviewer, participant observer, and analyzer of data, is central and therefore crucial in determining the quality of a study. Although the qualitative research literature emphasizes the necessity for such skills as awareness, dealing with complexity, and staying with process, there is silence about how to acquire these strengths. People with Gestalt training have much to offer those involved in qualitative research.

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