Researcher’s Block

Posted: August 13, 2007 in Thoughts
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Many of us have heard of (or talked about) a problem called the Writer’s Block. This basically related to writers when they find themselves unable to come up with something to write about. It gets really frustrating, especially if there are deadlines to consider. The more time that passes, the more frustrated the writer gets, the less they are able to write…and the cycle continues.

A find a similar problem relating to me as a researcher, and I call it the Researcher’s Block. This happens when we are looking for a research problem to work on, but unable to find one. I feel like I am currently in this situation. I went through a lot of literature, done a lot of brainstorming, trying to branch out of existing work, but with no use. I have been told to read a lot, and LIVE in whatever topic I’m working on, trying to think “outside the box”, until I find something. I have been doing just that, to no avail.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who faces that problem occasionally (at least I hope so), and I wonder what others do to overcome it.

  1. bryanking says:

    I am currently under “reseacher’s block” since I am also unable to come up with any research problems using the methods you specified earlier. As of now, I have two problems but both are of poor “research quality” since they are hard to do.

    Actually what I did was I found a really difficult topic to work on and since it was so impossible, I looked for alternatives.

    Anyway, in the end, I have one main topic and one alternative. Time span for such ideas? 2 months.

  2. Amr says:

    Well, I am now taking a new approach; trying to implement something that already exists, and hoping that I will hit a problem on the way. We’ll see how that works.

  3. kaeser says:

    Just stumbled upon to your site. I faced a similar problem for my MS thesis. Now since i hope to begin my PhD soon, I would love to hear what happened eventually? Did you manage to find a interesting problem and solved it?

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