We are interested in describing the inner experience of individuals: how people think and feel, what their bodily sensations, wonderings, and other characteristics of their inner world is like. We have seen that there are pitfalls to be avoided in describing inner experience, and that there is no generally accepted method for avoiding those pitfalls. Our position as explorers of inner experience is rather similar to geographic explorers. Geographic explorers typically have several more-or-less reliable reports of what they might expect to find in the region they seek to explore; but their method of exploration and description of findings would need to be shaped by the actual terrain they encountered. Furthermore, the descriptions they produce would not be intended as characterizations of the “essence” of the region, but instead as accurate descriptions of the major characteristics of the landscape as they saw it.
KeywordsSalient Characteristic Random Interval Discussion Session Writing Task Direct Quote
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