The Ties that Double Bind Us: Career, Emotion and Narrative Coping in Difficult Working Relationships

John Blenkinsopp*

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Abstract

This article examines through an autoethnographic account how career aspirations and constraints may lead individuals to endure emotionally aversive situations. It presents evidence that individuals in such situations engage in emotion‐focused coping through narrative, illustrated by the author’s autoethnographic narrative of a difficult working relationship which developed into a double bind situation. The paper suggests that narrative coping in response to a double bind can actually serve to reify and prolong such situations. The paper concludes that autoethnographic research does not lend itself to simple organisational solutions. Possible avenues for further research are outlined and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-266
Number of pages16
JournalCulture and Organization
Volume13
Issue number3
Early online date10 Aug 2007
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes

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