Preliminary Comments Designed to Suspend the Introspection Controversy
This book describes in detail people’s inner experiences; shows how schizophrenia may be more a disorganization of inner images than of association; and suggests that depression may be due to a lack of words and images in the thinking process rather than to negative self-thoughts. These observations are based on a new method of eliciting careful self-reports of inner experience, which some readers may unfortunately characterize as “introspective” and then dismiss because they accept the conclusion that accurate introspection is impossible. This introductory section shows such skeptical readers that the present study is different from, and quite possibly much better than, previous studies that have been labeled introspective.
KeywordsVerbal Report Cognitive Dissonance Preliminary Comment Placebo Pill Present Book
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