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a slightly cheering thought

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

- Proverbs 25:2

When my thoughts turn to my research, I feel a knot in my stomach and a welling up of fear. I feel frustrated and ineffective, as the questions billow and the attempts to find answers either reveal more questions (best case) or reveal dead ends (better than nothing, I suppose). What it really amounts to is wasted time and nothing to show for it.

Perhaps I will feel more cheerful after our free lunch! :)


Are you perhaps feeling some kind of time-pressure from others to produce "results"? Because what you're describing seems to be somewhat the nature of research itself...

I know when I'm trying to track down a bug, I can get a lot of dead ends, but, however frustrating that may be, it is actually more data than you had before.

It is the nature of research, yes. It was just one of those days when it was the emotional downside of research, not the upside. :) Not a big deal...yesterday afternoon and today are looking better.

My advisors have a great track record with me of not just criticizing shoddy work, but also getting me restarted in a better direction. Thank God! :)