The issue arises because folks skip over sections of test information or complete the psych metrics incorrectly. This can happen pretty readily on accident. It's unfortunate for me because I had so many more people who wanted to participate at the time, but I couldn't provide them sample packets, I ran out. This is still a larger sample than I could hope for, but the unfortunate loss of some data is just that. . . unfortunate.
I wanted to take a moment to speak about pacing, because I feel like it relates to the topic mentioned above. I feel like we rush through our lives so quickly we miss things. Follow me here a moment. I believe that a number of the samples had missed responses because people were moving too quickly. I would almost presume (and I have to because the study is completely anonymous) that folks were so interested in making their voice heard that they rushed to put it on paper. This is so common in our day and age, though, because of how readily we presume information to make decisions.
This is a big focus of mental health treatment these days. The process is often described as "pacing and leading." The role of the counselor is to pace the discussion in the session, because so often the clients are moving so quickly that they presume pieces of conversation that haven't actually occurred. How often have each of us had the experience where we were riding in a car when someone made an observation. Something like "hey look, that restaurant is open, I bet they have good coffee." We then in our own line of thinking hear this and just respond with "huh, yeah, maybe they do." We move on and continue to drive only to discover that our passenger is now irritated with us. We didn't hear the message that they actually wanted to stop for coffee. They also didn't present the information clearly. However, an entire conversation occurred between those two pieces of dialogue.
I'm hopeful here, that anyone reading this will take the time and opportunity to slow down and consider things more carefully. Mindfulness is such a big buzz word and interest area in my field these days. My hope is that we all take a page from Mindfulness, though, and exist more in the present than in the future. To return back to the start of this entry, I'll be doing my best to have information up here as soon as I can, about the study.