Content analysis of verbalizations about interpersonal experience

  • Erika Chance
Part of the The Century Psychology Series book series (TCPS)


It is a truism to say that the complete and accurate observation of a human being is impossible. Perception of other persons, just as the perception of the world around us, must utilize some ways of reducing and ordering the impact of a myriad of sensory messages upon the observer. These processes are vitally important biological defenses even to the researcher who strives so constantly for complete and accurate appraisal of the data under study. As Robert Oppenheimer (1958) has said so aptly:

There is much more that one might know than any of us are ever going to know. . . . This has nothing to do with the trivial fact that we don’t work hard enough; nor . . . that things are difficult to learn. It is, rather, that any form of knowledge really precludes other forms; that any serious study of one thing cuts out some other part of your life. Narrowness is not an accident... but a condition of knowledge—by the very techniques, powers, and facts of its acquisition and by the way it organizes the chaos that is the world around us. (p. 7)


Character Type Personality Theory Clinical Concept Active Quadrant Interpersonal Experience 
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