Transforming Self and Others through Research: Transpersonal Research Methods and Skills for the Human Sciences and Humanities

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SUNY Press, 2011 - Psychology - 377 pages
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Research approaches in the field of transpersonal psychology can be transformative for researchers, participants, and the audience of a project. This book offers these transformative approaches to those conducting research across the human sciences and the humanities. Rosemarie Anderson and William Braud first described such methods in Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences (1998). Since that time, in hundreds of empirical studies, these methods have been tested and integrated with qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method research designs. Anderson and Braud, writing with a contribution from Jennifer Clements, invite scholars to bring multiple ways of knowing and personal resources to their scholarship. While emphasizing established research conventions for rigor, Anderson and Braud encourage researchers to plumb the depths of intuition, imagination, play, mindfulness, compassion, creativity, and embodied writing as research skills. Experiential exercises to help readers develop these skills are provided.

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Introduction to Part 1 Transpersonal Research Methods
The Ways of the Heart in Human Science Research
The Principles and Practices of an Inclusive and Integrated Research Approach
Research in Partnership with Spirit
Introduction to Part 2 Transpersonal Research Skills and thePreparedness of the Researcher
4 Intention Quietude and SlowingAttention and Mindfulness
5 Visual Auditory Visceraland Movementrelated Senses
6 Unconscious ProcessesDirect Knowing and Empathic Identification
7 Play Creative Artsand Embodied Writing
8 An Expanded View of Validity
9 A Transformative Vision for Research and Scholarship
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Rosemarie Anderson is Professor of Transpersonal Psychology at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She is the author of Celtic Oracles: A New System for Spiritual Growth and the coauthor of Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis: Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry.

William Braud is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and the author of Distant Mental Influence: Its Contributions to Science, Healing, and Human Interactions. Anderson and Braud are the coauthors of Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences: Honoring Human Experience.

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