Essay on Understanding Phenomenology of Smoking

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There has been a great increase in the number of deaths due to smoking. Headlines such as ‘’Second hand smoke kills 600,000 worldwide annually’’ (Falco, 2010) highlights that there’s a major problem. My question is, why are people still smoking? It should be a wake-up call for those who smoke but even with the hard facts presented, people still decide to smoke. As a psychology student, I was interested in exploring the phenomenology of smoking & wanted to address this matter further. To do this, I designed an interview schedule from which I have gained an individual’s emotion as well as perception towards smoking. Before I could do this I had to, myself, understand what an interview is & how I could professionally interview an individual …show more content…
While I was interviewing, I had realised that my interviewee tried to make me understand that no matter how bad smoking is & how much it affects her health wise, she will not stop unless there’s a specific health problem where she will be forced to stop smoking. This made me question whether will power exists.
As any method of research, there are strengths and limitations. This particular method can produce qualitative data and therefore a strength is that it’s packed with in-depth and rich information that can be analysed. Furthermore, thoughts and feelings can be deeply explored as one’s view can be explained rather than rated on a number which may mean something different to each individual. As well as a strength, this is also a weakness. From rich and detailed data case studies are created due to the uniqueness of each individual. This mean that we cannot apply one’s data to everyone else. In other words, we cannot generalise the data to the rest of population as there are individual differences that need to be taken into consideration. Another weakness with interviews is that it’s hard to analyse and draw conclusions from as the interviewer is bombarded with information that will take time to understand to be able to conclude. With this said, the responses from the interviewee are open to researcher bias due to the interpretation of data. I myself have been a victim of this as I chose to interview a…