A barrier is a psychological line of defense, and many of the barriers or obstacles that will come up while completing a dissertation are factors, conditions, attitudes, feelings, behaviors, and thoughts that can hinder your progress. Writing a dissertation is a laborious process that can lead to overstimulation.

When you expect obstacles to come up, you can be better prepared for them and take them in stride so that they do not hold you back. During certain points, like getting the proposal approved, collecting data, or doing the oral defense, you can feel as though you are in a traumatic situation. This is primarily due to factors that are out of your control, such as a chairperson unexpectedly leaving the university, or even a subject failing to respond to the survey or dropping out of the required training/treatment.

Again, being prepared for such obstacles will allow you to easily overcome them without affecting the quality of your dissertation. A common phrase repeated many times among doctoral students is: “Sometimes life gets in the way of doing the dissertation.”