The mind's eye: A photographic method for understanding meaning in people's lives

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The mind's eye: A photographic method for understanding meaning in people's lives

Although research relying on self-report inventories has built an increased appreciation of the importance of meaning in life such research has strayed somewhat from the original promise of meaning in life research which was to shed light on the individual experience of meaning. Some research has focused on understanding people’s sources of meaning. However previous methods have relied on verbal ways of assessing sources of meaning in life. In recognition of the fact that not everyone has highly developed verbal skills – and that even those who do can find it hard to articulate what life means – we offer a new method for understanding individuals’ experiences with meaning in life. In this article we describe the use of photography to elicit information about people’s sources of meaning and provide inductive qualitative analysis of a pilot study using this method. Photography holds great potential as a new method for seeing meaning through another’s eyes.

Citation: 
The Journal of Positive Psychology, 2013

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