introspective method

in·tro·spec·tive meth·od

in functionalism, the systematic study of mental phenomena by contemplating the processes in one's own conscious experiences.
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With sensitive, introspective method actors like Al Pacino and counterculture rebels like Jack Nicholson on the rise, disaster movies provided an ideal forum for old-fashioned movie-star heroics that guarded home and hearth in a world turned upside down.
The principal theme, which enters into other themes as a leitmotif, is what Bourke refers to as Augustine's introspective method, or his interiorism.
Through a series of case studies he argues that we know very little about many seemingly obvious features of our stream of consciousness, and that it may not be possible to improve upon this unfortunate epistemic situation, either through improved introspective methods or by appealing to psychophysical science.