Therapy, Stand-Up, and the Gesture of Writing is a sharp, lively exploration of the connections between therapy, stand-up comedy, and writing as a method of inquiry; and of how these connections can be theorized through the author’s new concept: creative-relational inquiry. Engaging, often poignant, stories combine with rich scholarship to offer the reader provocative, original insights.

Wyatt writes about his work as a therapist with his client, Karl, as they meet and talk together. He tells stories of his experiences attending comedy shows in Edinburgh and of his own occasional performances. He brings alive the everyday profound through vignettes and poems of work, travel, visiting his mother, mourning his late father, and more. The book’s drive, however, is in bringing together therapy, stand-up, and writing as a method of inquiry to mobilise theory, drawing in particular from Deleuze and Guattari, the new materialisms, and affect theory. Through this diffractive work, the text formulates and develops creative-relational inquiry.

With its combination of fluent story-telling and smart, theoretical propositions, Therapy, Stand-up, and the Gesture of Writing offers compelling possibilities both for qualitative scholars who have an interest in narrative, performative, and embodied scholarship, and those who desire to bring current, complex, theories to bear upon their research practices.

part 1|53 pages

Openings 1

chapter 1|13 pages

An Introduction

chapter 2|12 pages

Something Might Happen

chapter 3|13 pages

Always More

chapter |13 pages

Interval 74

Towards Creative-Relational Inquiry (1): Take It to Heart

part 2|78 pages

Refrains 111

chapter 5|23 pages

The Refrains of Therapy and the Everyday

chapter 6|6 pages

Three Shits

A Connection of Some Kind 183

chapter 7|10 pages

Counselling on a Scale of 1 to 5

chapter 8|12 pages

“Out Here a Man Settles His Own Problems”

Learning From John Wayne 189

chapter |9 pages


Towards Creative-Relational Inquiry (2): The Problem and Promise of the Personal

part 3|30 pages

Reframings 235

chapter 9|10 pages

Once Upon a Time, a Story Hit Back 236

chapter 10|8 pages

Shadow Bands

Thinking Therapy Diffractively 260

chapter 11|6 pages

W/b/rought to Life 268

chapter |4 pages


Towards Creative-Relational Inquiry (3): The Poetics of the Hyphen

part 4|40 pages

Reframings (Continued)

chapter 12|21 pages

Two Stories of Shame

Calling Upon the Cailleach

chapter 13|5 pages

Meditation on a Green Light Bulb 312

chapter 14|6 pages

A Third Story of Shame

Hannah Gadsby

chapter |6 pages