Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Waking Up: Radical Self-Change Through Mindfulness and Spirituality
by Vlasic, Rebecca L., Psy.D., Michigan School of Professional Psychology, 2013, 194; 3591281
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the experience of radical, defined as root, change through mindfulness and spirituality. The heuristic qualitative research model was utilized to illuminate that phenomenon as experienced by 13 co-researchers ranging in age from 34 to 83. A review of the literature revealed a paucity of research on the experience of radical self-change through mindfulness and spirituality. Heuristic analysis of data obtained from in-depth interviews produced six core themes of radical self-change through mindfulness and spirituality: suffering on autopilot, connecting catalyzes waking up, practicing shifts entrenched habits, opening to spiritual growth, healing relationships with self and others, and sustaining wellbeing. Unique findings of this study suggest that radical change is facilitated by intensive long-term engagement in mindful-spiritual oriented practices in settings that offer mutual support, mentors and guides, and mind-body connection, in addition to psychotherapy. Findings also suggest that type of multi-faceted intervention protocol facilitates healing of early-life complex interpersonal trauma and its after effects. Included is a discussion of results of this research, which may benefit mental health clinical practice, professional development, and social and educational planning.

Keywords: radical self-change, mindfulness, and spirituality

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rockwell, Donna
Commitee: Glaser, Aura, Rea, Natalie
School: Michigan School of Professional Psychology
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Michigan
Source: DAI-B 74/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Cognitive psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Mindfulness, Radical self-change, Spirituality
Publication Number: 3591281
ISBN: 978-1-303-31836-8
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