The frustration before a breakthrough

 

In writing a thesis, most seem to periodically reach a point of frustration and even despair.

We realize that how we have been doing it doesn’t work anymore. Something else is called for, but we don’t know what that is yet, so we experience frustration and sometimes despair.

Then, there is a breakthrough and things fall into place in a new way.

And this may happen several times through the process.

Life is like this too. We reach a point where how we have been doing something doesn’t work anymore. We experience frustration and even despair. And then something shifts and that shift may be a breakthrough, a different way of relating and doing. This can and does happen in any area of life: Writing a thesis or a book. Working on a project. Practicing any type of skill. In a relationship. With our purpose and meaning in life.

This happens on a larger time-scale in science and is what Kuhn famously calls a paradigm shift.

Of course, there isn’t always a breakthrough. Sometimes we give up. Sometimes, life intervenes and our initial dilemma is not present anymore. Sometimes, we find a strategy that may not give us the resolution we really want, but it’s more comfortable than staying with the discomfort and finding a more thorough resolution.

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Initial notes……

  • the frustration before a breakthrough
    • writing a thesis, periodically reach a point of frustration and even despair
    • typically happens before a breakthrough
    • realize that how we have been doing it doesn’t work anymore, something else is required, called for, but don’t know what it is yet, so experience frustration and perhaps despair
    • then, a breakthrough, things fall into place in a new way
    • and this may happen several times through the process
    • and life is like this too, sometimes

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