A critical review of the literature in self-disclosure

As researchers, we can understand people through observing their behavior or listening to their experiences. Observation has been relied upon almost exclusively in the field of research, since inner subjectivity is considered too difficult to measure. However, just because it seems to be a difficult task to measure internal experiences is not reason enough to disregard that experience. One purpose of experimental psychology is to be able to reliably predict future behavior. Although some experimenters have successfully predicted some types of behavior, there is evidence indication that predictions cannot always be based on prior observations. The more urgent purpose of experimental psychology is to find pragmatic solutions to social, psychological and philosophical quests. More specifically, in psychology to find variables that may successfully facilitate personal growth, minimize emotional pain, arrest mental stress and increase the effectiveness of interpersonal relationships… (See more in text)