By Russell T. Hurlburt
Following up on his groundbreaking 1990 paintings Sampling common and Schizophrenic internal Experience, Dr. Hurlburt delineates the improvement of his descriptive sampling technique throughout a number of case reports of depressed, apprehensive, bulimic, and borderline personalities. although arguable, the tactic successfully demonstrates that an `introspective' procedure offers compelling, bright descriptions of sufferers, in addition to make differences among diagnostic groups.
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He was seeing an image of an approximately circular portion (30-40 ern in diameter) of the hindquarter of a brown cow, in clear detail and in color; he could see, for example, the short hair of the cow, uneven as if someone had brushed part of the hair against the grain. The cow was being given an injection of steroids, and John could see the 20-cm-Iong syringe which was being held motionless like a dagger, with the needle in the cow's hide. Thus far, the description is similar to the typical Images described above.
Something which before all shows no sensory quality, no sensory intensity. Something of which we may rightly predicate degree of clearness, degree of certainty, a vividness by means of which it arouses our psychic interest; which, however, in its content is quite differently determined from everything that is ultimately reducible to sensations; something for which it would be nonsense to try to determine whether it possessed a greater or less intensity, or even into what sensory qualities it could be resolved.
7-8). The most frequent explanation of this omission or criticism of introspection is that many historians of psychology emphasize that the different introspective laboratories of the turn-of-the-century introspective era found different results, even under similar experimental conditions (Danziger, 1980). This introspectionists-can't-agree opinion was largely the result of the 1900-1925 controversy over whether imageless thought exists. The prevailing doctrine which served to explain the functioning of the mind was that of sensationalism, which held that every "experience has an elemental core and a meaning providing context.