In addition to observing other people, a person may serve as an observer, or at least a commentator, of himself. Many people keep diaries,2 write long letters, prepare autobiographies, make drawings, and keep other personal documents. Such materials can provide a wealth of information on the thoughts, behavior, personality, and development of the writer. The content analysis of written documents is, however, a complex, laborious process (Wrightsman, 1994a). Report 1-1 includes an abstract of a research study with diaries and a second study with autobiographies.
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