Everyday, lived experience
Key to understanding how these phenomena work is understanding how people experience them in their lives, from day-to-day, in their own context. Yet, capturing how individuals’ internal perspective and emotion are experienced in everyday life has been limited by methods until recently. Using new developments in intensive longitudinal research design and statistical methods, we can start to build a clearer picture of individuals' moment-to-moment and contextual experience. I use two approaches to this end. First, I use daily, repeated sampling methods, like experience sampling, to capture organic, moment-to-moment shifts in how individuals think, feel, and behave. Second, I use natural language methods to distill the rich, ecological experience of individuals from their language use.