Phenomenology and Psychological Research by A. Giorgi put together four research studies in psychology from four authors and using phenomenology as a research method – The Phenomenological Psychology of Learning – the Structure of Thinking in Chess – Self-Deception: An Empirical-Phenomenological Inquiry into Its Essential Meanings – Method and Findings in a Phenomenological Psychological Study of a Complex Life-Event: Being Criminally Victimized
The book begins by first taking its reader through the phenomenological method as applied to psychological research specifically. Following Husserl’s development in phenomenology, the researcher must go “back to the things themselves”. Practically speaking, this means looking at an experience with the view to describing its defining characteristics.
Personally, I found Phenomenology and Psychological Research by A. Giorgi a useful book to have for my master of science. Granted the material examined in it is psychological in nature, and because of this may repel those people who have something against the word ‘psychology’. But it was in reviewing this book here that I found myself irresistibly drawn towards rereading the study on Self-Deception. As with many of the books I offer to read on this website, I subsequently put this book on the top of the pile of those I want to delve into again.
If there is any advice I can offer to research students working on their master and/or PhD thesis, it would be to read this book. Those four small but rich studies regrouped in it couldn’t illustrate more adequately the phenomenological method devised by Husserl. If phenomenology may at first appear like a daunting task, Phenomenology and Psychological Research shows that there may be more fear (of the unknown) than in reality. In fact, the more the research student acquaint himself in qualitative research, the more self-evident the phenomenological approach becomes. Please do not hesitate to look at my master thesis.
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- Paperback: 226 pages
- Publisher: Duquesne University Press (13 July 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0820701742
- ISBN-13: 978-0820701745