The Interview as a Relational Space


  • Erhard Tietel Akademie für Arbeit und Politik Bremen



interview, qualitative methods, inter-subjectivity, relation, counter transference, scenic understanding, supervision, emotions, psychoanalysis


This text presents the difficulties encountered in an interview between two interviewers and an interviewee. It explains how the type of relation in the interview as well as the intervieweeŽs use of the relational space give vital heuristic hints to understand latent aspects of the subject under research. What happened in the process of this special interview was a reduction of the potentially triadic inter-relational space to the level of a closed dyadic relationship. The wide loss in the scope of action and the liberty of thinking sharpened the interviewers' attention for similar situations in the research field. This text explains ideas such as inter-relational space, the researcher's methodically managed analysis of his own experience and research supervision. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0002260


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Author Biography

Erhard Tietel, Akademie für Arbeit und Politik Bremen

Erhard TIETEL, Dr. phil., Dipl.-Psych., Dipl.-Betriebswirt; geboren 1953; Studium in Kassel und Bremen; Hochschulassistent an der Universität Bremen; seit 1992 im Institut für Psychologie und Sozialforschung (hierzu weitere Informationen unter: ( (Broken link, FQS, May 2003), seit 1995 auch an der Akademie für Arbeit und Politik der Universität Bremen. Arbeitsschwerpunkte: Sozialpsychologie der Technik, psychoanalytische Ansätze der Organisationsforschung und Organisationsberatung, Supervision und Teambildung (hierzu weitere Informationen unter, Erwachsenenbildung



How to Cite

Tietel, E. (2000). The Interview as a Relational Space. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 1(2).