Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Russell T. Hurlburt
Number of Pages
The current study examines the inner experience of five individuals who report symptoms of anxiety and three control individuals. Descriptive Experience Sampling (DES) is the method that was used to examine inner (subjective) experience. Idiographic result chapters have been written for all eight of the participants involved in this study. These results include a description of an anxious participant who feels (emotionally) her way through life, another who is nearly always experiencing an acute awareness of sensory aspects of his environment or nothing at all, and another who solves problems through "rapid fire" reverse-order mental images. These results are followed by between participant nomothetic comparisons. Among the results it was found that anxious individuals are more likely than controls to be dominated by the experience of sensory awareness and experience a higher frequency of unsymbolized thought. The current study supports many of the findings of two previous DES studies on anxiety, both of which are discussed.
Anxiety; Experience; Individuals; Inner; Sampling
Clinical psychology; Psychology--Research--Methodology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Hutchins, Lessel Lyle, "Sampling inner experience in individuals with anxiety" (2003). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1534.