Review: Noelie Rodríguez & Alan Ryave (2002). Systematic Self-Observation


  • Hernán Chaparro APOYO Comunicación Corporativa



observation, introspection, qualitative research, methodology


This book systematizes 13 years of work by the two authors who debate their achievements and the objections to their method, Systematic Self-Observation (SSO). They introduce SSO as a valid and reliable approach to the study of intra-psychic processes that accompany various experiences of everyday life (e.g. telling lies, passing rumors) which would otherwise go unnoted. The authors introduce a brief review of work concerning the self-observation technique, point out the differences between their method and other similar ones, and provide a detailed description of how to implement this technique in research. The book is supplemented by a series of research abstracts that allow the reader to view the kind of results that may be achieved, and a description of the application of SSO in other areas, including pedagogy and psychotherapy. It is a very interesting book for anybody who wants to explore new ways of understanding the thoughts and feelings that accompany our daily social behavior. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0204532


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Author Biography

Hernán Chaparro, APOYO Comunicación Corporativa

Hernán CHAPARRO has a Professional Degree in Psychology, has and has pursued doctoral level studies in Social Psychology at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He was born in Lima, Perú, in 1958. He is manager at APOYO Comunicación Corporativa, and has worked for 15 years in qualitative research, especially in management of group dynamics; and since 1990 he has been a professor at various local universities in Perú. His research interests are: Qualitative research methods, electoral behavior, political psychology, consumers' behavior and public opinion.




How to Cite

Chaparro, H. (2002). Review: Noelie Rodríguez & Alan Ryave (2002). Systematic Self-Observation. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 3(4).



Methodology and Methods