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Systematic self-observation (SSO) is a valuable research method used by social scientists to gather information about those social actions that are hidden, restricted or subjective. The advantage of using self-observation over another research method, such as interviewing, for these types of actions is that the observer in SSO is the same as the obervee. This is the only way one can successfully measure thoughts, emotions and other criteria that are not always openly displayed. The authors provide a practical explanation and instruction to carrying out an systematic self-observation study. They include case studies of four aspects of hidden or elusive everyday social actions: lying, telling secrets, withholding compliments and feeling envy.
Acknowledgments Series Editors' Introduction Foreword - H. Schwartz
1. Introducing Systematic Self-Observation A Brief Description of Systematic Self-Observation The Theoretical and Methodological Bases for Systematic Self-Observation A Brief Review of Social Science Endeavors at Self-Observation How Systematic Self-Observation Contrasts With the Other Self-Observation Methods
2. Implementing Systematic Self-Observation Choosing the Subject Matter for Study Formulating the Topic Recruiting Informants Guiding Informants to Be Scientific Observers Teaching Informants How to Observe Teaching Informants How to Report Self-Observations Preparing Informants With Training Exercises Ethical Considerations Feedback on Systematic Self-Observation
3. A Critical Evaluation of Systematic Self-Observation Problems in Choosing the Informants Problems in Framing and Delivering the Instructions Problems in Observing the Phenomenon Problems in Recallign and Reporting the Phenomenon Strengths of the Systematic Self-Observation Method
4. Four Studies Generated With Systematic Self-Observation Case Study 1: Telling Lies in Everoyday Life Case Study 2: The Micropolitics of the Secrets Told in Everyday Life Case Study 3: Withholding of Compliments and the Covert Management of Disaffiliation Case Study 4: Envy in the Social Comparisons of Everyday Life Analytic Insights Generated by These Systematic Self-Observation Studies
5. Other Applications of Systematic Self-Observation Researchable Systematic Self-Observation Topics Systematic Self Observation as Redagogy Using Systematic Self-Observation for Therapy Self-Observation and Self/Spiritual Development Practices Notes References About the Authors